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By: Dani AshmunPeriod 5

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Define:•When an author uses a character or plot to represent something else besides the literal. Usually it represents an conceptual motif or truth about society or life.Examples:•Animal Farm and how the animals and events all represent a member or event in the Russian revolution•Avatar and how the forest of Pandora resembles the slow destruction of the Amazon by humans.•The Lord of the Flies and how society will break down to savagery without civilization and laws.

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Define:•The repetition of letters at the beginning of many words in a row, usually consonant sounds.Example:•The great giant governed the gods of goodwill.•Sally like super soups from the store.•Arnold and Abby gave apples to Amy for her bunny named Angel.

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Define:•An intended or unintended reference to a work of literature, mythology, song, historical event, or movie.Example:•“The final game was John’s waterloo.” Waterloo is a reference to the final battle where Napoleon was finally defeated.•“The girl’s love of sweets was her Achilles heel.” This is an allusion the warrior of Greek mythology whose only weakness was his heel.•“The killer wore the mark of Cain as he stalked his brother.” This refers to the Bible story of Cain and Able.

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Define:•When a word has more than one meaning and may imply something other than the obvious.Example:•“Prostitutes Appeal to Pope.” The word appeal can have multiple meanings that have completely different connotations.•“We saw her duck.” Duck can mean an actual animal or to get out of the way of something.•“I’ll promise I’ll give you a ring tomorrow.” Ring could mean a ring on the phone ring, as in an engagement ring.

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Define:•A comparison between two things that makes writing more descriptive and can connect well-known things or ideas to unfamiliar things or ideas.Example:•“I am as graceful as a refrigerator falling down stairs.” •“MTV is to music as KFC is to chicken.” •The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe."

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