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Motif
meanings being symbolised by objects,characters, sounds or other aspect in literature
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Blank verse
un-rhyming verse in an iambic pentameter
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characterization
when a character is described to the reader directly by th narrator or protagonist step by step (direct characterisation) or indirectly by the reader/audience having to interpret the characters characteristics y their speech,appearance etc
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diction
the type of language in speech or writing- informal/ formal
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conceit
when two distant objects are linked or compared together
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mock heroic
when immitating heroism over a non heroic event/person to imitate it/satirise it
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parody
imitation of a writer,art or other play/work in a comical way
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paradox
phrase/ context that seems to be self contradictory but holds some truth
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colloquial
using slang/informal words within literature
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didactic
using literature to convey information or instructions
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allusion
Allusion is a brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance.
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dramatic irony
when the audience/reader knows more than the characters
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symbolism
using symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense
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allegory
using symbolism thought a whole work in literature to portray meaning and significance to a cultural, social, political religious or other abstract ideas in characters, events / figures
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assonance
the repetition of the vowel within a sentence
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ambiguity
the literature phrase/work being open to more interpretations than just one
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monosyllabic
having only one syllable
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cliche
overused phrase/ words
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pathos
quality of an experience in life or a work of art that stirs up emotions of pity, sympathy and sorrow. making the reader feel sympathy for a character.
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persona
the mask of an actor/ character can be a theoretical mask to the writers true feeling/emotions-expressing through a mouthpiece not as THE character
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soliloquy
when a character reveals his innermost thoughts and feelings to himself (speaks to himself not to other characters in a speech that would be a monologue)
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syntax
the way the language is formed to make a sentence/speech
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tragic hero
a great hero that is determined for sorrow, downfall disastrous suffering
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stream of consciousness
flow of thoughts in characters minds
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connotation
a meaning of a word that isn't what it describes explicitly
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aphorism
a statement of truth or opinion expressed in a witty or concise manner
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narrative stance
the techniques a narrator uses to portray the view he is taking
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antagonist
a character or a force by which another character struggles
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dramatic monologue
when the speaker adresses a silent listener
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metonomy
when a term/ person/thing is replaced by a closely related object or idea
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protagonist
the main character of a literary work
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tragic flaw
limitation or weakness within the character that results in a tragic hero
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synecdoche
a figure of speech where a whole is replaced for a part or a part is used as a whole
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oxymoron
opposite words that contradict used next to each other
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suspense
feeling of growing uncertainty to the outcome of events
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