Literature Terminology

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Allusion
call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly -symbols, myths, metaphor
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Ambiguity
doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention
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Ambivalence
Mixed feelings/ contradicting ideas
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Analogy
similarity or comparability
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Antagonist
(Anti-protagonist) Characters with apposing ideas to the protagonist
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Anti-Hero
Protagonist who lacks conventions of a heroic figure
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Antithesis
Direct opposites (right and wrong)
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Closure
Something coming to an end
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Dichotomy
Division of two contrasting equal parts
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Embedded narrative
Story within a story (framing narrative)
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Epistolary
narrative pertaining to, or consisting of letters.
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Soliloquy
the act of speaking alone or to oneself, esp as a theatrical device
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Motif
recurring important idea or image, is expressed as a single word or phrase
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Allegory
aspect of story representative of something else (usually symbolic) or larger abstract concept/important historical/geographical event
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Figurative Language
use of language where intended meaning differs from actual literal meaning: metaphor, simile, hyperbole, personification, onomatopoeia, verbal irony, oxymoron
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Foil
character meant to represent characteristics, values ideas directly opposed by another character
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Oxymoron
contradiction in terms 'cold fire'
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Paradox
situation created which cant possibly exist
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Parallelism
use of similar or identical language/structure/events or ideas in different parts of text
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Pathetic fallacy
Weather or setting reflecting characters feelings
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Magic Realism
realistic narrative and naturalistic technique are combined with surreal elements of dream or fantasy
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Purple Passage
An elaborate or excessively ornate passage in a literary composition.
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doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention

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Ambiguity

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Mixed feelings/ contradicting ideas

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similarity or comparability

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(Anti-protagonist) Characters with apposing ideas to the protagonist

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