Unit 3 - American Literature

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*"Serenity now; insanity later." - Lloyd Braun
*"Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing." - Goethe
*"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way ..." - A Tale of Two Cities

Figure of balance in which two contrasting ideas are intentionally juxtaposed, usually through parallel structure; a contrasting of opposing ideas in adjacent phrases, clauses, or sentences.
*He abhors the way people leave their trash at the picnic sites in the park.
*The abhorrence he feels towards politicians is obvious by the horrible things he says about them.
*"Stinky," "drooling," and "leperous" demonstrate his abhorrence of ...

(v/adj/n): v1: to regard with extreme repugnance : loathe
n1a : the act or state of abhorring
nb : the feeling of one who abhors
ARDUOUS*He went through a long and arduous training program. *It was an arduous journey across miles of desert. *Repetition of "stressful," "frustrating," and "pulling teeth" demonstrate how arduous a job teaching can be. (adj): 1a : hard to accomplish or achieve : difficult b : marked by great labor or effort : strenuous 2: hard to climb : steepBUTTRESSThe treaty will buttress the cause of peace. The theory has been buttressed by the results of the experiment. *Describing movie viewers as "sneezers," "wheezers," spasmodic," and "psychotic" buttresses his argument that inconsiderate people can ruin a movie. (v): to furnish or shore up; also : support, strengthen <arguments buttressed by solid facts>ENDEAVOR*The school endeavors to teach students to be good citizens. *They endeavored to create a government that truly serves its people. (v): 1: to strive to achieve or reach 2: to attempt (as the fulfillment of an obligation) by exertion of effort 3: to work with set purposeEPIPHANY*Seeing her father again when she was an adult was an epiphany that changed her whole view of her childhood. *"I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read" could cause some English teachers to have an epiphany about the books they teach and the way they teach them. (n): 1a: a sudden perception of the nature or meaning of something b: an intuitive grasp of reality usually simple and striking

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