Literary Terms

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Literary Terms
Ashley, Jessica, Jesmine
Terms of Focus
Diction
 Allusion
 Analogy
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Diction
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Diction-It denotes the word choice and phrasing in a literary work.
It can be described in many ways such as how formal or informal it
is, if it’s abstract or concrete, or if it’s literal or figurative.
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Rhetorical Strategy
Ex. Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market
“One had a cat’s face,
One whisked a tail,
One tramped at a rat’s pace,
One crawled like a snail.”
The word choice which she used to describe the little goblin men really
shows the reader how satanic these creatures are.
Allusion
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Allusion: A passing reference in a work of literature to another
literary or historical work, figure, or event, or to a literary passage.
The reference is not explained, so that it can convey the flattering
presumption that the reader shares the writer’s erudition or inside
knowledge.
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Rhetorical strategy
Ex.
William Falkner’s The Sound and the Fury alludes to Shakespeare’s
Macbeth. The protagonist of Macbeth dismisses life as a tale told by
an idiot that signifies nothing. The allusion in The Sound and the
Fury is seen when first part of the story is told from the perspective
of a mentally challenged narrator who cannot speak intelligently.
Analogy
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Allusion- the comparison of a subject to something that is similar to
it in order to clarify the subject’s nature, purpose, or function.
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Rhetorical strategy- describes a reference to some element outside
of the text itself.
Ex.
Hand: Glove:: Shoe: Foot
Comparing a nucleus to a brain
Comparing a liver to a filter
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