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a literary work with two or more levels of meaning - a literal level and one or more symbolic levels
a literary work, especially a play, which is light, often humerous or satirical, and ends happily
traditional characteristics of epic poems, including the the opening statement of the theme; includes invocation, epic similes, stock epithets, in medias res
a subject is spoken or written of as though it were something else; several connected comparisons are made
a scene within a story that interrupts the sequence of events to relate events that occurred in the past
the use of a conventional predictable structure that gives a work rhapsody and cadence
a type of figurative language in which a nonhuman subject is given human characteristics
a descriptive adjective or phrase that is repeatedly used with, or in place of, a name.
A literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy.
an open-air venue for spectator sports, concerts, rallies, or theatrical performances. dramas in the time period always took place here.
deus ex machina
"God from the machine"; as a plot device, a previously intractable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with a contrived introduction of a new character, ability, or object
extreme haughtiness or arrogance; often indicates a loss of touch with reality and overestimating one's own competence or capabilities, especially for people in positions of power
joseph campbell's term for the hero's journey; the mundane world, the call to adventure, crossing the threshold, the path of trials, the master of two worlds
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