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  • agent

    catalyst in literature

    anecdote

    a short story meant to exemplify a larger point

    auxiliary

    someone who acts as assistant; offering or providing help

    circuitous

    following a long or winding route

    cognition

    The act of perceiving or knowing

    connotation

    cultural meaning

    cynical

    attributing all actions to selfish motives

    deduce

    to come to a conclusion by logic or reason

    denotation

    a straight forward, literal, dictionary definition

    diction

    word choice

    diffident

    shy; modest; reserved

    disposition

    the general temperament or feeling of someone

    ellipsis

    (...) words missing or time passing

    enigma

    a mystery; a difficult problem

    ethos

    a characteristic, spirit, or identity of a community, culture or era

    evoke

    to bring out, to call forth

    inflection

    the change in tone over a word/ sentence

    ingenuous

    open, frank, straight-forward, blunt

    irony

    when the opposite of what is expected happens

    logos

    a picture or sign in rhetoric; or a statement rooted in fact

    mood

    emotional state caused by text

    parable

    a short story to teach a moral lesson

    pathos

    rhetoric that causes an emotional response

    pedantic

    concerned with small or insignificant detail

    picaresque

    a type of story where the main characters never progress

    rhetoric

    persuasive speech or writing

    romanticism

    19th century artistic movement that appealed to emotion rather than reason

    superlative

    a term that expresses an extreme condition of quality

    syntax

    arrangement, sentence structure

    tempest

    A violent storm

    tone

    how literature sounds

    warrant

    statement of implied truth

    hyperbole

    extreme exaggeration for dramatic effect

    foil

    anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities

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