English vocab

Card Set Information

English vocab
2014-01-09 21:56:19

Simple vocab cards
Show Answers:

  1. a creature with an altered number of body parts from mythology/folklore
    additive monster
  2. a creature made up of multiple animal body parts added together
    composite monster
  3. the greek term for great shame felt by a hero after failure
  4. the emotional feelings inspired by a work (broad) (overall feeling)
  5. the atmosphere or mood of a particular setting or location
  6. the moment of tragic recognition in which the protagonist realizes some important fact or insight, especially about himself, human nature, or his situation
  7. placing an event person item or verbal expression in the wrong numerical period
  8. the idea that language began when humans imitated animal noises or other natural sounds
    bow-wow theory
  9. the theory that language began as instinctive responses to stimuli
    ding-dong theory
  10. the idea that language began as emotional outbursts or surprised exclamations
    pooh-pooh hypothesis
  11. the idea that language first began as a way to facilitate cooperative behavior
    yo-he-ho theory
  12. a theatrical structure common to modern drama in which the stage consists of a single room setting in which the "fourth wall" is missing so the audience can see the events
    box set
  13. a pause separating phrases within lines of poetry (stop; hammertime)
  14. a special kind of alliteration in which the repeated pattern of consonants is marked by changes in interviening vowels (rider, reader, raider, ruder)
  15. a negative term implying both arrogance, extreme self-pride or self-confidence, and also a lack of some important insight or perception due to pride in ones abilities; leads to downfall; tragic flaw
  16. humble and constant striving for perfection and self-improvement combined with a realistic awareness that such perfection cannot be reached
  17. a tragic flaw, especially of a misperception, a lack of some important insight or blindness that ironically results from one's own strengths and abilities. Causes catastrophic results after he fails to recognize some important fact/truth that could have saved him earlier
  18. a sneaky or ruthless and deceitful behavior, especially in regard to a ruler obsessed with power who puts on surface veneer of honor and trustworthy behavior in order to achieve evil ends
    machiavellian villan
  19. a unique or original symbol an author creates within the context of an individual work or collected works
    contextual symbol
  20. contextual symbol a symbol widely or generally accepted as meaning something specific within an entire culture or social group
    cultural symbol
  21. the outcome or result of a complex situation or sequence of events, an aftermath or resolution that usually occurs near the final stage of the plot; unravelling of main dramatic complications in a work of literature occurs only after climax and all conflicts have been resolved
  22. an unrealistic or unexpected intervention to rescue the protagonist or resolve the story's conflict
    deus ex machina
  23. the result of inserting one or more small stories with the body of a larger story that encompasses the smaller ones
    frame narrative story
  24. a sound substitution that does not hinder understanding or meaning
    free variation
  25. speech or writing that attacks, insults, or denounces a person, topic, or institution, usually involving negative emotional language
  26. absurd or numerous misuse of a word, especially by confusion with one similar sound
  27. words or phrases in which the letters or syllables get swapped
    (a lack of pies; a pack of lies)
  28. understatement, the opposite of exaggeration
  29. a conspicuous reoccurring element, such as a type of incident, a device, a reference or verbal formula
  30. a motif in which a created being turns upon its creator in what seems to be an inevitable situation
    frankenstein motif
  31. motif of an ugly hag who will underset conditions transform into a beautiful maiden or more rarely a beautiful maiden cursed to return to a hideous shape under different conditions (shreck)
    loathing lady
  32. a temptation motif from German folklore in which an individual sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge, wealth or power
    faustian bargain
  33. theme or motif of homecoming, a return to family, geographic origins after a long time
  34. motif in folklore/mythology in which an alternative world exists in conjunction with the physical world
  35. Protagonist descends into the the realm of the dead, and return to earths surface often rescuing a trapped soul or seeking advice
    Descent into the underworld
  36. writer's/speakers attempt to inspire an emotional reaction in an audience usually suffering
  37. a form of personification in which an inanimate object gains the ability to speak
  38. Temporarily and willingly setting aside our beliefs about reality in order to enjoy the make-believe of a play set aside sense of "what is real"
    Willing suspension of disbelief
  39. All-imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad as from deprivation, oppression, or terror; opposite of utopia
    Dystopian novel