Term:AccentDefinition:A way of pronouncing words thatindicates the place of origin or socialbackground of the speaker.Term:AllegoryDefinition:a narrative that serves as an extendedmetaphor.Main purpose is to tell astory that has characters, a setting, aswell as other types of symbols, thathave literal and figurative meanings,an extended narrative in prose orverse in which characters, events, andsettings represent abstract qualitiesand in which the writer intends asecond meaning to be read beneaththe surface of the story; the underlyingmeaning may be moral, religious,political, social, or satiric. Examples:John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress(Temptations of Christians) , Orwell'sAnimal Farm (Russian Revolution),and Arthur Miller's Crucible ("RedScare")Term:alliterationDefinition:the repetition of the same consonant,or beginning several words with thesame vowel sound
Term:allusionDefinition:a reference in a literary work to aperson, place, or thing in history oranother work of literature.Term:ambiguityDefinition:a technique by which a writerdeliberately suggests two or moredifferent, and sometimes conflicting,meanings in a work.Term:ambivalenceDefinition:the simultaneous existence ofconflicting feelings or thoughts, suchas love and hate, about a person, anobject, or an idea; uncertainty orindecisiveness as to what course tofollow; fluctuationTerm:anachronismDefinition:something out of its proper historicaltime; error of putting something in thewrong historical time
Term:anadiplosisDefinition:repeating last word of clause atbeginning of next clauseTerm:anaphoraDefinition:the repetition of words or phrases atthe beginning of consecutive lines orsentencesTerm:angstDefinition:strong anxiety and unhappiness; afeeling of dreadTerm:annotationDefinition:a critical or explanatory note orcomment, especially for a literarywork
Term:antagonistDefinition:The thing that opposes the protagonistin a narrative or drama. Theantagonist may be another character,society itself, a force of nature, oreven a conflicting impulse within theprotagonist.Term:anticlimaxDefinition:An unsatisfying and trivial turn ofevents in a literary work that occurs inplace of a genuine climax. Ananticlimax often involves a surprisingshift in tone from the lofty or seriousto the petty or ridiculous.Term:antithesisDefinition:A statement in which two opposingideas are balanced. Words, phrases,clauses, or sentences set in deliberatecontrast to one another. A species ofparallelism, antithesis balancesopposing ideas, feelings, tones, orstructures, giving crisp expression totheir pairing and heightening itseffect.Term:aphorismDefinition:a short, often witty statement of aprinciple or a truth about life.