AP Lit Vocab List 6

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A word or phrase frequently used in conversation and informal writing that is inappropriate for formal situations

Example from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: "What's the use you learning to do right when it's troublesome to do right and ain't no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same?"
Words which are inaccurate if interpreted literally but are used to describe. It is used when words' actual meanings are stretched for effect, whether to sound artistic, make a joke, or communicate more clearly and engagingly. It is a common technique in narrative writing, where the author strives to make emotional connections with the audience.

Common forms: similes, metaphors
MotifA recurring image, word, phrase, action, idea, object, or situation used throughout a work (or in several works by one author) that unifies the work by tying the current situation to previous ones or new ideas to the theme. Example: Kurt Vonnegut uses the phrase "so it goes" throughout Slaughterhouse-Five to remind the reader of the senselessness of death.VernacularThe language of a people or a national/regional language. Example from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: "We's safe, Huck, we's safe! Jump up and crack yo' heels. Dat's de good ole Cairo at las', I jis knows it."