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10th ELA Lit TERMS


Ethos In rhetoric, ethos represents credibility, or an ethical appeal, which involves persuasion by the character involved. ____________________________________________
Logos Logos is a literary device that can be defined as a statement, sentence, or argument used to convince or persuade the targeted audience by employing reason or logic
Pathos Pathos is a quality of an experience in life, or a work of art, that stirs up emotions of pity, sympathy, and sorrow. Pathos can be expressed through words, pictures, or even with gestures of the body.
Metaphors a figure of speech in which an indirect comparison is made. usually, the comparison is made using a "to be" verb.
Personification a figure of speech that embodies an inanimate object with human characteristics.
Imagery Words or phrases, sensory details, a write uses to represent objects, feelings, actions, or idea to appeal to our senses.
Atmosphere A literary technique, atmosphere is a type of feeling that readers get from a narrative, based on details such as setting, background, objects, and foreshadowing
Similes a figure of speech in which a direct comparison is made using like or as.
Setting the locale or period in which the action of a novel, play, film, etc., takes place:
Mood the feelings a piece of literature arouses in a reader; overall the atmosphere of the work reflects it.
Diction an author's word choice.
Foreshadowing a literary device in which a writer gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story
Syntax Syntax is a set of rules in a language. It dictates how words from different parts of speech are put together in order to convey a complete thought.
Plot Plot is a literary term used to describe the events that make up a story, or the main part of a story.
Climax is that particular point in a narrative at which the conflict or tension hits the highest point.  It is a structural part of a plot, and is at times referred to as a “crisis.”
Rising Action Rising action in a plot is a series of relevant incidents that create suspense, interest, and tension in a narrative. In literary works, a rising action includes all decisions, characters’ flaws, and background circumstances that together create turns and twists leading to a climax.
Tone a writer's attitude toward the subject
Falling Action Falling action occurs right after the climax, when the main problem of the story resolves. It is one of the elements of the plot of the story. Falling action wraps up the narrative, resolves its loose ends, and leads towards the closure
Resolution The literary device resolution means the unfolding or solution of a complicated issue in a story.
Introduction the book's introduction: foreword, preface, preamble, prologue, prelude; opening (statement),
Conflict In literature, conflict is a literary element that involves a struggle between two opposing forces, usually a protagonist and an antagonist.
Theme Theme is defined as a main idea or an underlying meaning of a literary work, which may be stated directly or indirectly.
Traits words for describing a character
Flashback Flashbacks are interruptions that writers do to insert past events, in order to provide background or context to the current events of a narrative
Dialect The term dialect involves the spelling, sounds, grammar and pronunciation used by a particular group of people and it distinguishes them from other people around them.
Narration In writing or speech, narration is the process of recounting a sequence of events, real or imagined.
Description Account, report, rendition, explanation, illustration; chronicle, narration, narrative, story, commentary; portrayal, portrait; details.
Dialogue In literature, it is a conversational passage, or a spoken or written exchange of conversation in a group, or between two persons directed towards a particular subject
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