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Tone, Style, and Symbol Vocab
literary terms: fiction
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10/29/2007

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Tone
Definition

whatever leads us to infer the author's attitude 

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Style
Definition

individual traits or characteristics of a piece of writing. a writer's particular way of managing words

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Diction
Definition
choice of words
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Minimalist
Definition

an author of realism who has a flat, laid back, unemotional tone. it is an appropriately bare, undadorned style. the author gives nothing but the facts drawn from ordinary life

 

example: "A Rose for Emily" Faulkner 

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Irony (verbal)
Definition

implies a contrast or discrepancy between what is SAID and what is MEANT

 

example: "I just LOVE to have four papers due on the same day" 

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Sarcasm
Definition

verbal irony tinged with mockery

 

example: "I just LOVE to have four papers due on the same day" 

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Irony (situational)
Definition

containing some wry contrast or incongruity

 

example: "The Lottery" by Jackson 

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Ironic Point of View
Definition
a point of view where we sense a sharp distinction between the narrator of a story and the author
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Irony of Fate/Cosmic Irony
Definition

when we sense that some malicious fate (or other spirit of the universe) is deliberately frustrating human efforts

 

example: "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry

              The Odyssey by Homer

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Symbol
Definition

a thing that suggests more than its literal meaning. they usually hint at greater significance

 

example: the chrysanthemums in "The Chrysanthemum" by Steinbeck 

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Allegory
Definition

a story in which persons, places, and things form a system of clearly labeled equivalents

 

example: The Lord of the Flies by Golding

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Symbolic Act
Definition

a gesture with larger significance than usual

 

example: Captain Ahab in Moby Dick snaps his tobacco pipe and throws it away