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9th Grade English Literary Terms
a dramatic work of serious events that leads to the downfall of the protagonist
the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall
a long, uninterrupted speech by one character addressing other characters onstage
a long, uninterrupted speech by one character addressing himself and the audience
a character's words intended to be heard by some or none of the characters onstage and the audience
the representation of one thing by calling it something else
a comparison of two unlike things using "like" or "as"
a person, place, object, or idea that represents something else
hints of things to come
a humorous interlude intended to relieve dramatic tension
when the audience knows something that a character does not know
the use of vivid language that appeals to the senses
the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt
a reference in a piece of literature to another piece of literature, art, music, or history
to give a non-human thing human characteristics
two contrasting terms that appear in conjunction
repetition of identical or similar sounds in two or more different words
the repetition of initial sounds in consecutive words
a word that imitates the sound it represents
explicit address to an absent person or an abstract entity
the conclusion of a story; the unravelling / untying of the complexities of the plot
a statement or idea that contradicts itself