Literature Midterm Study Guide

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\- literary device where non-human things are given human traits Ex) The sea lashed out in anger at the ships, unwilling to tolerate another battle. 🌊

- general atmosphere or overall emotional complexion, can be influenced by any aspect of writing

- vibe

Ex) a story that begins "It was a dark and stormy night" will probably have an overall dark, ominous, or suspenseful mood

\- reflects the writer’s attitude toward the subject matter or audience of a literary work, creating a particular relationship with the reader that, in turn, influences the intention and meaning of the written words
\- refers to the linguistic choices made by a writer to convey an idea or point of view, or tell a story, in an effective way
\-  a sound device where the words sound like their meaning or mimic sounds, adding a level of fun and reality to writing Ex) hiss, crackle, buzz, oink, meow, ruff
\- an outrageous exaggeration that emphasizes a point, adding color and depth to a character Ex) I've told you a million times to clean your room!
\- the repetition of the first letter in several words Ex) We're up, wide-eyed, and wondering while we wait for others to awaken.
\- compares two things using the words “like” or “as” Ex) I move fast like a cheetah on the Serengeti. 🐆
\- phrases that have a different meaning beyond their literal meaning Ex) throwing caution to the wing, kill two birds with one stone
\- a figure of speech that describes an object or action in a way that isn't literally true, but helps explain an idea or make a comparison Ex) This coffee shop is an icebox! 🧊
\- occurs when a word has its own meaning but represents something entirely different Ex) incorporating a red rose🌹in your writing to symbolize love
\- refers to using similar words, clauses, phrases, sentence structure, or other grammatical elements to emphasize similar ideas in a sentence
\- refers to the central, deeper meaning of a written work, often what creates a memorable and significant experience of a literary work for the reader Ex) Love ❤️, Redemption, Morality, Good versus Evil, Power, chaos versus order
Flowers for Algernon: Setting
1960s in New York
Rising Action
\- Charlie goes through an operation to get smart \- He is very doubtful and skeptical that it is actually working \- He begins to learn really advanced material and concepts and beats Algernon, a mouse he has lost to countless times \- Charlie learns his friends have been making fun of him
\- Algernon bites Charlie \- Charlie decides to study Algernon's behavior and finds that Algernon has regressed mentally \- Algernon dies
Falling Action
\- Charlie is really sad about Algernon and puts flowers on his grave frequently \- Charlie, similar to Algernon begins to lose his memory and all the information he learned
\- Charlie moves away and plans to continue practicing and remembering information.
1\. It is a common pattern in society to mistreat people with an intellectual disability 2\. Whether knowledge is truly more valuable than happiness 3\. Our humanity is not measured by how smart we are but instead should be measured by our kindness and love
When Charlie's writing has more grammatical and spelling mistakes it can show the readers Charlie's current intelligence levels
- the flowers can represent Charlie's wish for him and Algernon to be remembered