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English 9 Year Vocabulary
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old or well know saying
ex. "the early bird gets the worm"
a casual reference to something else
ex. "Don't act like a Romeo in front of her"
villain, opposing side
ex. the antagonist in the fight used dark magic against the good guy
self-written narrative about your life
ex. Frederick Douglass's autobiography describes his life before and during the Civil War
a person, things in a story that have an affect on the plot
ex. The character was an innocent, lovable idiot who was adored by the audience throughout the play.
the act of describing or evolving a character
ex. She was characterized as a burly, tough, monster of a woman.
the point in a story where plot reaches a maximum point of tension
ex. The movie reached an epic climax with much action.
a problem in a story
a divergent group of ideas
ex. The conflict of trying to decide whether or not to go off to college could prove to be earth-shattering.
a fight, war
ex. It was a bloody conflict involving much violence.
the explanation of a point
ex. The presentation gave a clear exposition for the topic.
giving a hint to something that happens in the future
ex. That knife foreshadowed the murder that was to happen later in the book.
a particular category of a broader subject
ex. The genre of literature we are studying is mythology.
ex. I waited for a million years for my friend to meet me at my house.
the use of words contradicting its literal meaning
pretended ignorance in discussion
ex. "I have no idea how those presents under the Christmas tree got there!"
incongruity between actual result of events and expected result
ex. Two people are engaged but the audience knows that the man is planning to run away with another woman.
a contradictory situation
ex. Shouts, "BE QUIET!"
the comparison of two things without using like it as
ex. The class is s well-oiled machine.
the state of mind or emotion of a point in time
ex. There was a tense mood throughout the work office on the day of the presentation.
in inanimate object possessing human-like qualities
ex. The wind whispered in my ear.
use of words or ideas other than your own and not crediting the owner
ex. She copied and pasted half of her essay and the committee fined her for plagiarism.
main story development
ex. The plot of the story involved the girl learning to cope with her mother and learning valuable life lessons.
point of view
telling a story from a certain viewpoint
using "me" or "I" in a story
third person: omniscient
knows thoughts and feelings of all characters in story
third person: limited
knows thoughts of only a single character in the story
ex. The protagonist fought her mother just so she could woo the crowd
the final part of a play, story
ex. There was a long resolution of the story to let people recover from the action.
comparison using "like" or "as"
ex. She was as fast as a racehorse.
something that stands for or suggests something by reason of relationship, association, or accidental resemblance
ex. The olive branch is a symbol of peace.
the main subject that is being discussed or described in a piece of writing
ex. The theme of the story "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is anti-slavery and civil rights.
conveying something through speech rather than words
ex. Her tone of voice sounded as if she was angry.
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