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Glossary of English Class Words

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Polemic
Angry rebuttal
Paradox
Something that seems to be contradictory but actually is true
Orator
A person who speaks beautifully
Epic
Big long story
Protagonist
Main character in a story
Vignette
Short description, short movie
Raconteur
Good story-teller
Parable
Story that teaches a lessons
Stereotype
Grouping a category and saying everyone is alike
Eulogy
Speech given at funerals
Elegy
Poem written when someone dies
Vernacular
Everyday language spoken
Anecdote
Short story
Skit
Short play
Foil
Someone who has the opposite characteristics of the main character
Antagonist
Person who causes the protagonist problems
Irony
Expecting one thing but the opposite happens
Satire
Something that points out faults in society while making people laugh while motivating people to make a change
Fable
Story with talking animals and a moral
Parody
Something that makes fun of something that is familiar

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