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AP Terms II

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personification
the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.
plot
the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.
point of view
the perspective from which a story is told
predicate adjective
adjective that follows a linking verb and modifies the subject of the verb.
predicate nominative
a noun or pronoun that follows a linking verb and renames or identifies the subject
prose
ordinary speech or writing without rhyme or meter; referring to speech or writing other than verse
protagonist
the principal character in a work of fiction
pun
a humorous play on words
repetition
the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device
rhyme
the repetition of the same stressed vowel sounds and any succeeding sounds in two or more words
sarcasm
witty language used to convey insults or scorn
setting
where and when the story takes place
simile
a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')
theme
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
metaphor
a comparison of two unlike things without using the word like or as.
mood
the overall emotion created by a work of literature
motivation
the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal
narrative
the telling of a story or an account of an event or series of events
onomatopoeia
using words that imitate the sound they denote
opinion
a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
oxymoron
conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence')
paradox
a self-contradictory statement that on closer examination proves true; a person or thing with seemingly contradictory qualities
parallel structure
the repetition of words or phrases that have similar grammatical structures
structure
the arrangement or framework of a sentence, paragraph, or entire work
style
a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period
suspense
Uncertainty or anxiety the reader feels about what is going to happen next in a story
symbol
an object that is used to represent something else (usually a larger, philosophical and more important idea)
tone
the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author