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Rhetorical Terms 4

Ms. Hamon Rhetorical Terms List 4

FLASHBACK A literary technique that involves interruption of the chronological sequence of events by interjection of scenes or events of earlier occurrence.
FORESHADOWING The use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot.
FOIL Literally it means a “leaf” of bright metal placed under a jewel to increase its brilliance. In literature, the term is applied to any person who through contrast underscores the distinctive characteristics of another.
FALLACY 1. A deceptive, misleading, or false notion, belief, etc. 2. Misleading or unsound argument. 3. Logic. Any of the various types of erroneous reasoning that render an argument unsound.
FRAME STORY An overall unifying story within which one or more tales are related.
GENRE A distinctive type or category of literary composition, such as epic, novel, poem short story, etc.
IDIOM A style or form of artistic expression characteristic of an individual, a period, or a movement.
IN MEDIAS RES (in me΄di äs΄ res΄) Literally means “in the midst of things.” It is applied to the literary technique of opening a story in the middle of the action and then supplying information about the beginning of the action through flashbacks and other devices of e
NARRATIVE An account of events; a story. Anything that is narrated.
IRONY A broad term referring to the recognition of a reality different from appearance. Sarcasm is a harsh form of irony.
DRAMATIC IRONY Occurs when the audience or reader has a better understanding of events or individuals than one or more characters.
SITUATIONAL IRONY A type of irony focusing on a situation and perhaps emphasizing that human beings are enmeshed in forces beyond their comprehension or control.
VERBAL IRONY Irony wherein the actual intent is expressed in words that carry the opposite meaning.
INVERSION When two things are reversed in position; reversal of the usual natural order of words.
SYNECHDOCHE The use of a part of something to represent the whole.
CACOPHONY Cacophony is harsh, discordant sounds.
EUPHONY Euphony is soothing, musically pleasant sounds.
INFERENCE A logical conclusion that someone draws from available data. In literature, readers often must infer things implied by the author but not directly stated.
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