Literary Terms 1-15.txt

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  1. 1. dramatic monologue
    a literary, usually verse composition in which a speaker reveals his or her character, often in relation to a critical situation or event, in a monologue addressed to the reader or to a presuemd listener.
  2. 2. bildungsroman
    a type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist – typically male – aka apprenticeship novel or a "coming-of-age story"
  3. 3. cacophony
    harsh sounding words (opposite of euphony)
  4. 4. doppelganger
    a ghostly double of a living person; shadowing figure
  5. 5. double entendre
    a word or expression used in a given context so that it can be understood in two ways, especially when one meaning is risqué
  6. 6. deus ex machina (dey-uhs eks mah-kuh-nuh)
    the use of artificial means to resolve the plot of a play
  7. 7. euphony
    pleasant sounding words (opposite of cacophony)
  8. 8. genre
    a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, or technique
  9. 9. picaresque
    a genre of satiric prose fiction depicting the realistic, often humorous adventures of a roguish hero of low social degree living by his or her wits in a corrupt society – Can we say The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?
  10. 10. pedantic
    characterized by an excessive display of learning or scholarship
  11. 11. poetic justice
    the rewarding of virtue and the punishment of vice, often in an especially appropriate or ironic manner commonly found in novels, plays, and poetry
  12. 12. roman à clef (raw-mah na kleh)
    a novel in which actual persons, places, or events are depicted in fictional guise—examples: The Devil Wears Prada, On the Road, Primary Colors; means "novel with a key" in French
  13. 13. syllogism
    a three-part deductive argument in which a conclusion is based on a major premise and a minor premise ("All men are mortal; Socrates is a man; therefor, Socrates is mortal.")
  14. 14. vernacular
    the everyday speech of a particular country or region, often involving nonstandard usage
  15. 15. verisimilitude
    the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability
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Literary Terms 1-15.txt
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