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26 terms

Schindler Honors Eng literary terms

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anthology
a group of written works by various authors
collection
group of written works by the same author
ethos
it something is proven to be credible and trustworthy, it has good ____
tragedy
a drama that depicts, the call of a person of high rank, the collision of equally justified causes, and the sense that humans are doomed through their own actions
odes, chorus
___ help the audience become involved, models feelings in the play;
the ___ acts as a witness/real character in the play
conflict
the ___ results from past actions which have determined the shape of present choices and their outcomes, from ignorance/misunderstanding, or from direct imposition of the gods
tragic hero
a character, usually of high birth, neither totally good nor totally evil, whose downfall is brought about by some weakness or error in judgment
hamartia
a tragic flaw, weakness of character or error in judgment, which causes the downfall of the hero
hubris
arrogance or overweening pride which causes the hero's transgression against the gods; usually, the tragic flaw
anagnorisis
recognition or discovery on the part of the hero; change from ignorance to knowledge
peripeteia
reversal of fortune
nemesis
fate that cannot be escaped
catharsis
purgation of emotions of pity and fear which leaves the viewer both relieved and elated
paradox
a statement that seems to be contradictory but that might be true when considered from a particular perspective
equivocation
a statement that lends itself to multiple interpretations, often with the deliberate intent to deceive
alliteration
the repeating of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words
inversion
verb-subject order
apostrophe
a form of personification, where you directly address the "thing"
synecdoche
a referral to something by its part/a small part of it
litotes
understatements
metonymy
object associated to something
aphorism
a profound quote/saying that expresses a truth
disingenuous
insincere
duplicitous
double-minded
pretentious
show-off
obsequious
weak