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  1. a term used to describe writing that borders on lecturing. it is scholarly and academic and often overly difficult and distant 
  2. the attribution of human qualities to a nonhuman or inanimate object
  3. a form of argumentation, one of the four modes of discourse; language intended to convince through appeals to reason or emotion
  4. the perspective from which a story is presented; common points of view in include the following: first person narrator, stream of consciousness, omniscient, limited omniscient, objective 
    point of view
  5. a narrator, referred to as "I", who is a character in the story and relates the actions through his or her own perspective, also revealing his or her own thoughts 
    first person narrator 
  6. like a first person narrator, but instead placing the reader inside the character's head, making the reader privy to the continuous, chaotic flow of disconnected, half-formed thoughts and impressions in the character's mind
    stream of consciousness
  7. third person narrator, referred to as "he" "she" or "they" who is able to see into each character's mind and understands all the action
  8. a third person narrator who reports the thoughts of only one character and generally only what the one character sees 
    limited omniscient 
  9. a third person narrator who only reports what would be visible to a camera; thoughts and feelings are only revealed if a character speaks of them
  10. sentence which uses AND or another conjuction (with no commas) to separate the items in a series. Appears in the form of X AND Y AND Z, stressing equally each member of a series. It makes the sentence slower and the items more emphatic than in the asyndeton
  11. the main character of a literary work
  12. when a writer raises an irrelevant issue to draw attention away from the real issue the Latin for "to reduce to the absurd." This is a technique useful in creating a comic effect and is also an argumentative technique. It is considered a rhetorical fallacy because it reduces an argument to an either/or choice 
    Red Herring, Reductio ad Absurdum
  13. an element in literature that conveys a realistic portrayal of a specific geographical locale, using the locale and its influences as a major part of the plot 
  14. word or phrase used two or more times in close proximity
  15. the art of effective communication, especially persuasive discourse; focuses on the interrelationship of invention, arrangement, and style in order to create felicitous and appropriate discourse 
  16. exposition, description, narration, argumentation
    rhetorical modes 
  17. harsh, caustic personal remarks to or about someone; less subtle than irony 
  18. a work that revelas a critical attitude toward some element of human behavior by portraying it in an extreme way. Doesn't simply abuse or get personal. Targets groups or large concepts rather then individucals 
  19. time and place of a literay work
  20. a figure of speech that uses like, as, or as if to make a direct comparison between two essentially different objects, actions, or qualities; for example, "the sky looked like an artist's canvas"
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