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ABC Literary Terms at the Circus

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Krislyn Gauldin

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A: allusion B: Ballad C: Conflict D: Diction E: Exposition F: Falling Action H: Hyperbole G: Genre - introduces the situation, characters, setting, and conflict of a literary piece. - when the climax begins to fall, action starts to slow down. - an extreme exaggeration used for effect. EX: - Word that means different types. EX: Comedy, Tragedy EX: After the woman had fallen from the tightrope, she was rushed to the hospital. There wasn't much to do in the hospital except to lay around and wait to return to the circus. EX: A circus is a traveling company of performers that include clowns, acrobats, trained animals, trapeze acts, musicians, tightrope walkers, jugglers, unicyclists and other stunt-oriented artists. ABC Literary Terms at the Circus M: Metaphor -A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable EX: Her hair resembled the hair of a lion N : Narrator EX: At the beginning of the of show the ring master comes out and narrates the clown's story. A person who narrates something, story teller O: Octave - Set of eight lines that rhythm according to the pattern ABBAABBA EX: Silly clown
Don't be sad
Or even mad
Grab a balloon
We'll fill all the empty spaces
With the kids' smiling faces
Well, the show starts soon! P: The rope jumped and swayed to keep the man from falling off. Ex: Personification -It is the act in speech and writing of giving inanimate objects, abstract concepts or actions, human or near human characteristics An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it directly; an indirect or passing reference.

Ex. Before the show begins the Carny alludes to the fact that there will be elephants in the show by saying, "Today's show will include giant beasts with huge trunks!' A poem or song narrating a story in stanzas. Ex. The Ballad of The Nameless Circus Clown
There once was a clown named billy
He had a very big red nose,
His middle name was willie
His last name nobody knows A struggle that takes place between characters or inside a characters mind. Ex. The Giraffe needed all the leg room he could get in the circus van, but the elephant was taking up too much room. The choice of the use of words and phrases. Ex. Instead of just calling Lenny the Lion just a lion the Carnie referred to him as "A ferocious man eating beast!" to get the crowd more excited. I: Imagery - an authors use of vivid and descriptive language to add depth to their work. EX: J: Juxtaposition - act or placement of two things near each other. EX: K: Kenning - short metaphors describing a thing in place of the object or person's actual name. EX: L: Literal Language - refers to the words that do not deviate from their defined meaning. EX: The clowns hair is orange. Q: Quatrain - 4 lines in a stanza. EX: The big fearful lions,
The massive elegant elephants,
The diligent trapeze artist,
The circus is a magical place! R: Repetition - the repeating of one or more words in sentence. What fun the circus is, what fun it can be. The circus is, the life for me! S: Simile - a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing to another using "like" or "as" EX: The lady had a beard as hairy as a gorilla. T: Tragedy - a work of literature that features a catastrophic fall from grace of its protagonist EX: U: Understatement -A device used to understate the obvious Ex: The man looked down at the 100 foot drop that the tightrope was suspended across and said, "That's just a little drop, now isn't it?" V: Villain - A character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot Ex: The ringmaster of the circus worked all of the carnies to the bone while he sat in his office, counting his riches. X: X is a symbol for a kiss. Symbol meaning that it's something used for or regarded as representing something else The fierce lion leaped through the Fire-ring and the crowd went wild. The lady's face blossomed when she caught a glance at the majestic elephant. Ex: -A feeling of excitement, curiosity, or
expectation about what will happen. W: Suspense Ex: When the trapeze flyer let go of the bars to grab onto the other flyer's feet, the entire audience was on the edge of their seat. Z: Zeugma -is a figure of speech which a word applies to two others in different senses. Ex: Y: Credits: ~Shaniqua Davis
~Krislyn Gauldin
~Courtney Glass
~Nassja Martinez
~Abbi Ragland
~Jacob Watson
~Caitlyn Wright Created By: The man was trying to save the show with his magnificent sword juggling ability. All was going well until a stray dog tripped him up and one of his swords impaled him. This dashed any hope of saving the show. YAP! YAP! YAP! Yapping helps set the scene of dogs barking, this is called onomatopoeia. It's the use of words to describe a scene. EX: The preforming dogs would yap, yap, yap after they did a trick. She opened her mind and her wallet at the circus. EX: The boy ended his letter to the clown from the circus with "XOXO Brandon" Giant elephant next to a small
mouse The boy said he was starving and demanded roasted peanuts.
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