Literary Vocabulary

Literary Vocabulary - Allegory ~ a story in which people,...

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Allegory ~ a story in which people, things and actions represent an idea about life; allegories often have a strong moral or lesson Alliteration ~ the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words (tongue twisters) Allusions ~ a reference in a literary works to a person, place, or thing in history or another work of literature. Allusions are often indirect or brief references to well-known characters or events Alter Ego ~ a literary character or narrator who is a thinly disguised representation of the author, poet, or playwright creating a work Apostrophe ~ the act of addressing some abstraction or personification that is not physically present Arête ~ a humble and constant striving for perfection and self-improvement combined with a realistic awareness that such perfection cannot be reached Atē ~ blind recklessness Characterization ~ an author or poet's use of description, dialogue, dialect, and action to create in the reader an emotional or intellectual reaction to a character or to make the character more vivid and realistic Climax ~ the moment in a play, novel, short story, or narrative poem at which the crisis reaches its point of greatest intensity and is thereafter resolved Connotative Language ~ words that suggest or evoke in the reader’s mind Contrast ~ the process of pointing out differences between things Crisis ~ the turning point of uncertainty and tension resulting from earlier conflict in a plot Discovery ~
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