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  1. the voice of a work; an author may speak as himself or herself or as a fictitious persona
    speaker
  2. a character who represents a trait that is usually attributed to a particular social or racial group and who lacks individuality; a conventional patter, expression or idea
    stereotype
  3. when a writer argues against a claim that nobody actually holds or is universally considered weak. Using this diverts attention from the real issues
    Straw man
  4. an author's characteristic manner of expression-his or her direction, syntax, imagery, structure, and content all contribute 
    style
  5. a personal presentation of evens and characters, influenced by the author's feelings and opinions
    subjectivity 
  6. a form of reasoning in which two statements are made and a conclusion is drawn from them. the format of a formal argument that consists of a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion
    syllogism 
  7. the use of symbols or anything that is meant to be taken both literally and as representative of a higher and more complex significance 
    symbolism
  8. a figure of speech in which a part of something is used to represent a whole, such as using "boards" to mean a stage or "wheels" to mean a car- or "all hands on deck"
    synecdoche
  9. ability to create a variety of sentence structures, appropriately complex and/or simple and varied in length
    syntactic fluency
  10. sentence structures that are extraordinarily complex and involved. They are often difficult for a reader to follow
    Syntactic permutation
  11. the grammatical structure of a sentence; the arrangement of words in a sentence. Includes length of a sentence, kinds of sentences (questions, exclamations, declaritive sentences, rhetorical questions, simple, complex, or compound)
    Syntax
  12. the central idea or "message" of a literary work
    Theme
  13. the main idea of a piece of writing. It presents the author's assertion or claim. The effectiveness of a presentation is often based on how well the writer presents, develops, and supports this. 
    thesis
  14. the characteristic emotion of attitude of an author toward the characters, subject, and audience (anger, sarcastic, loving, didactic, emotional, etc)
    tone
  15. a word of phrase that links one idea to the next and carries the reader from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph
    transition
  16. sentence consisiting of three parts of equal importance and length, usualy three independent clauses
    tricolon
  17. the opposite of exaggeration. it is a technique for developing irony and/or humor where one writes or says less than intended
    understatement
  18. quality of a piece of writing (also see coherence)
    unity
  19. refers to two different areas of writing. One refers to the relationship between a sentence's subject and verb (active and passive voice.) The second refers to the total "sound" of a writer's voice 
    voice 

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