lit terms 10th grade first semester

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  1. allusion
    a statement that refers to something without mentioning it directly
  2. antithesis
    a person or thing that is the direct opposite of someone or something else
  3. apostrophe
    the addressing of an absent person rhetorically
  4. archetype
    a perfect example
  5. argument
    a point with support //ask
  6. call and response
    a statement quickly responded to by another statement
  7. catharsis
    emotional discharge //ask
  8. chorus
    a group of performers who comment on the main action
  9. choragos
    leader of the chorus
  10. dilemma tale
    story that involves choice between two equally undesirable options
  11. enigma tale
    story that involves confusion //ask
  12. epic
    a long poem narrating the deeds/story of a heroic character
  13. epic hero
    main character in an epic
  14. epithet
    a word or phrase that describes a person or thing
  15. folktale
    an often anonymous traditional story circulated orally
  16. griot
    an African story teller who entertain with music and history
  17. hymn
    a religious song that praises (a) God
  18. imagery
    words, often describing setting, that describe characteristics of something or someone
  19. irony
    use of words that mean the opposite of what is actually meant
  20. magic realism
    incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction
  21. maxim
    a well-known phrase that expresses a general truth
  22. metaphor
    a comparison not using like or as
  23. motivation
    reasons for behavior of characters; background
  24. myth
    a story that was told in ancient culture to express a belief
  25. ode
    a poem in which a person expresses a strong feeling of love or respect for someone or something
  26. origin myth
    a myth used to explain human existance
  27. parable
    a short story that teaches a moral or spiritual lesson
  28. paradox
    a statement that seems impossible but is true
  29. parallelism
    repeated similarities between multiple phrases
  30. personification
    the giving of human characteristics to nonhuman objects
  31. plot
    the main events in a story
  32. proverb
    a brief, popular statement that gives advice about life
  33. repetition
    use of a phrase or word multiple times to make an idea clearer
  34. simile
    a comparison using like or as
  35. sonnet
    a poem of 14 lines that rhyme in a fixed pattern
  36. symbol
    use of something to represent something else
  37. theme
    underlying meaning of a story
  38. tone
    attitude of writer towards audience
  39. tragedy
    story with a virtuous main character who has a major downfall due to a fatal flaw
  40. tragic flaw/hamartia/fatal flaw
    major problem with main character in a tragedy that causes downfall of hero
  41. trickster
    one who deceives for his or her own benefit
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