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A story or visual image with a second distinct meaning partially hidden behind its literal or visible meaning. In written narrative, allegory involves a continuous parallel between two (or more) levels of meaning in a story, so that its persons and events correspond to their equivalents in a system of ideas or a chain of events external to the tale
ApostropheA figure of speech wherein the speaker speaks directly to something nonhumanArchetypeA term used to describe universal symbols that evoke deep and sometimes unconscious responses in a reader. In literature, characters, images, and themes that symbolically embody universal meanings and basic human experiencesAsideA device in which a character in a drama makes a short speech which is heard by the audience but not by other characters in the playAsyndetonThe omission of a conjunction from a list; gives the impression that the list may not be complete. Compare: "She likes pickles, olives, dates, raisins, pretzels." to "She likes pickles, olives, dates, raisins, and pretzels."CanonA Greek word that implies rule or law, and is used in literature as the source which regulates which selection of authors or works, would be considered important pieces of literature