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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Lit Terms 6-30

6.ANALYSIS: Detailed examination of the elements or structure of something, typically as a basis for discussion or interpretation.
Think sparknotes and how they not only look at plot but the themes and reasons behind the text.

7.ANAPHORA: The repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses.
Most songs use anaphora in their chorus.

8.ANECDOTE: A short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person.
When your BFF tells you about that funny thing that happened over the weekend.

9.ANTAGONIST:A person who actively opposes or is hostile to someone or something; an adversary
What Voldemort is to Harry Potter.

10.ANTITHESIS: contrary ideas expressed in a balanced sentence. It is the juxtaposition of two words, phrases, clauses, or sentences contrasted or opposed in meaning in such a way as to give emphasis to their contrasting ideas and give the effect of balance. This is a device often used in rhetoric.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

11.APHORISM: A pithy observation that contains a general truth.
"If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got."

A formal written defense of one's opinions or conduct.
Denial or denying something.

13.APOSTROPHE: An exclamatory passage in a speech or poem addressed to a person (typically one who is dead or absent) 
"Hello darkness my old friend, I've come to talk with you again."

A reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong.
When fighting with someone trying to persuade them to think differently.

15.ASSUMPTION: A thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof: "they made certain assumptions about the market".
A girl who wears soccer shorts may be assumed to play soccer.

16.AUDIENCE: The assembled spectators or listeners at a public event, such as a play, movie, concert, etc.
The crowd in the football stadium.

17.CHARACTERIZATION: The means by which an author reveals their character
Indirect/direct characterization, or how they act and make decisions.

A verbal pattern in which the second half of an expression is balanced against the first but with the parts reversed.
"Nice to see see you nice."

The use of many words where fewer would do, esp. in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive.
Instead of saying it was hot outside you would say the sun blazed high in the sky and it's warmth radiated throughout the land.

20.CLASSICISM: The following of ancient Greek or Roman principles and style in art and literature
Greek marble statues.

21.CLICHE: a phrase or situation overused within society.
"Don't do drugs."

The most intense, exciting, or important point of something; a culmination or apex.
The big fight scene towards the end of the Harry potter movie.

23. COLLOQUIALISM: Slang words or informal way of speech 
"Sup", "bomb", "bro"

A movie, play, or broadcast program intended to make an audience laugh.
The movie the hangover

25.CONFLICT: Struggle or problem in a story causing tension
The classic struggle in many stories is good vs evil.

26.CONNOTATION: An idea or feeling that a word invokes for a person in addition to its literal or primary meaning
Using sarcasm can imply a different connotation.

27.CONTRAST: where one item is thrown at another to prove clarity 
Black and white contrast on photos.

28.DENOTATION: Plain dictionary definition
Home denotes a place where people live.

29. DENOUEMENT:The final part of a play, movie, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are resolved.
At the end of the last Harry potter novel where we see where all the characters are later on in their life.

30. DIALECT: language or certain people distinguishing them from others.
English, Spanish, French, Chinese, etc.

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