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English Final Definitions


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a narration or description usually restricted to a single meaning because its events, actions, characters, settings, and objects represent specific abstractions or ideas.
the repetition of the same consonant sounds in a sequence of words, usually at the beginning of a word or stressed syllable.
a brief reference to a person, place, thing, event or idea in history or literature.
a word or phrase made from the letters of another word or phrase, as "heart" is an anagram of "earth."
a protagonist who has the opposite of most the traditional attributes of a hero.
meaning "purgation" describes the release of the emotions of pity and fear by the audience at the end of a tragedy
in Greek tragedies, a group of people who serve mainly as commentators on the characters and events
the struggle within the plot between opposing forces
two consecutive lines of poetry that usually ryhme and have the same meter.
a writer who makes plays
a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, without using the word like or as
a prose restatement of the central ideas of a poem, in your own language
the main character of a narrative
the moment in a story when previously unknown or withheld information is revealed to the protagonist, resulting in the discovery of the truth of his or her sitiuation and, usually, a decisive change in course for that character
the point of the story when the protagonist's fortunes turn in an unexpected direction
the physical and social context in which the action of the story occurs.
a common figure of speech that makes an explicit comparison between two things by using the words such as like or as.
the voice used by an author to tell a story or speak a poem.
the central meaning or dominant idea in a literary work
a story that presents courageous individuals who confront powerful forces within or outside themselves with a dignity that reveals the breadth and depth of the human spirit in the face of failure, defeat, and even death
tragic flaw
an error or defect in the tragic hero that leads to his downfall, such as greed, pride, or ambition
dramatic irony
creates a discrepancy between what a character believes or says and what the reader or audience member knows to be true
Transparent Name
It's when the name itself is
suggestive about the character's qualities, even before we meet the
character and his/her description.
Tragic Fall
the change of a character from extraordinary to typical

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