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The Unofficial AP English Language and Composition Vocabulary Guide Week 19

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theme
1. a conversation's subject
theme
2. a central idea, moral, or message, of an essay, paragraph, movie, book or video
game; often about life, society, or human nature, a theme is implied, timeless, and
universal
realism
1. being accurate to the original in life
realism
2. a style of art using accuracy
realism
3. a sensible or pragmatic state
archetype
1. the standard, perfect example, or prototype
emblem
2. a sign representing an object or group of persons
emblem
1. an object representing a quality
motif
1. a recurring structure, contrast, or literary device in a written or artistic work that
repeats itself, to reinforce the theme; whereas the theme is presented through text,
the motif is presented through recurring elements that represent an idea
Examples of motifs: colors, objects, situations
motif
2. a recurring design
symbolism
1. using symbols—figures or representations—to convey a message, idea, or theme
utopia
1. an ideal place
utopia
2. a place of social flawlessness
antihero/anti-heroine
Definition
1. a protagonist in a novel or play who is lacking in the traditional qualities needed to
be a hero/heroine
hamartia
1. tragic flaw
climax
1. In a story, the most intense, peak moment of the story that is the key turning point in
the plot
hero/heroine
1. a man/woman of noble character who performs a gallant act
protagonist
1. a proponent
protagonist
2. The lead character in a book or play whom we follow, cheer on, and grow to love
antagonist
1. an adversary or opponent
antagonist
2. in a story, the adversary against the protagonist
dialogue
1. In a story or play, the conversation of a character to another
interior dialogue
1. In a story or play, the conversation that a character has with him or herself, inside his
or her head, usually written in italics to represent the self-nature of the word or
words
poetic license
Definition
1. the liberty taken by a writer or artist that allows him or her to stray from
conventional form, in order to make a point and construct a desired effect for the
audience
persona
1. a character in a novel or play, including the narrator voice
persona
2. an assumed identity
persona
3. in psychology (Jung), the mask or personality that we put on for the public
panegyric
1. statement of formal and elaborate high praise, in a public writing or in a speech
fraudulent
1. dishonest, deceitful, and deliberately misleading
fraudulent
2. fake (false)
solace
1. something giving comfort, consolation, or support in sadness [noun]
solace
2. giving comfort, consolation, or support in sadness consolation [verb]
plinth
1. a rectangular slab-shaped piece at the base of a pier, column, or baseboard
plinth
2. ground-level stones at the base of a wall of a house or building
plinth
3. a flat base on which something is placed
plinth
4. a protruding block at the base and side of a doorframe
ardent
1. passionate (fervent, zealous)
ardent
2. extremely eager and enthusiastic
ardent
3. fierce
ardent
4. fiery hot
palatable
1. pleasant and satisfying in taste (savory)
palatable
2. agreeable (acceptable)
stark
1. complete (absolute, utter) [adjective]
stark
2. grim [adjective]
stark
3. harsh [adjective]
stark
4. severely plain or simple [adjective]
stark
5. utterly [adverb]
Iron Man (You have to have some fun.)
Stark, Tony
renowned
1. famous, well-known; usually a good reputation or distinguished but sometimes
notorious