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lit terms

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Bathos
The effect of an unsuccessful attempt to appear dignified. When something is so sad or high in toen that it becomes ridiculous.
Antithesis
The use of opposites for effect
Canon
a standard of judgment- or what you sout after a clever insult
Assonance
Repeated vowel sounds.
Compare-comparison
there are two methods: point by point and block
Chiasmus
A clever reversal of words
Catharsis
a beneficial effect produced by witnessing a tragic action and experiencing a strong feeling.
Climax
the point of highest interest, where the reader has the greatest emotional response.
Conflict
man vs man, man vs nature, man vs society, man vs himself.
Anachronism
An assignment of something to a time when it wasn't in existence
Comic relief
the inclusion of a humorous character or scene in a seirous work, usually right after a tragic scne. The part wher eyou laugh right after something terrible has happened in a movie- not because you are twisted, but because the tone has shifted.
Analogy
A comparison of two unlike things
Antagonist
The character directly opposed to the main character
Anaphora
When the same expression is used at the beginning of a number of different lines.
Allusion
A figure of speech that mesk refernce to a historical event or literary figure
Alliteration
the repetition of intitial consonant sounds in successive or close syllables.
Ambiguity
Purposeful uncertainty. YOu aren't given the details of events.
Archetypes
Primordial images expressed in dreams, myths, fantasies, religion, and literature. Thsi term can be applied to a plot pattern or a character type
conceit
an extended metaphor that governs an entire poem or passsage.
Asyndeton
Elements customarily joine dby conjunctions are presented in a seris without them.
Allegory
A form of extended metaphor where the symbols are very straightforward (a character representing Christianity is named Christian) and the purpos eis to convey a moral lesson.
Colloqual
An informal expression usually given to a specific geographic location.
Aside
When a character in a play addresses the audience, but the characters on the stage can't hear him. This allows the character to reveal their innermost feelings.
Connotation
The emotional implicaitions and associations that words may carry. These meanings can be private, group, or general.

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