The enumeration of words (attributes) having a similar meaning. ”The process is wasteful, dangerous, messy, and sometimes tragic.” Acronym:
A single word, formed from the initial letters of other words (NATO = North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
The act is the major division of a drama/play, often divided further into scenes. Acting time:
The acting time is the time from the beginning to the end of an episode or episodes in a fictional text. The relationship between acting time and narrating time/reading time depends on the mode of presentation.
The action of a story is a series of events usually arranged so as to have three recognizable parts:
1. the beginning (introduction, exposition),
2. the middle (rising action, complication; crisis, climax, turning-point; falling action) 3. and the end (dénouement or solution, catastrophe, resolution). In contrast to real life, action in fiction is ordered; it "imitates in words a sequence of human activities, with a power to affect our opinions and emotions in a certain way". It is the basic principle in all fiction and arouses the reader's interest: it makes him eager to learn what is going to happen and/or how the problems faced by the characters are going to be solved. Action produces tension, suspense or surprise.
The allegory appears in fictional texts in which ideas are personified and a story is told to express some general truth. Examples:
Truth, Vice, Virtue, Justice.
An alliteration is a repetition of sounds (consonants) at the beginning of neighbouring words or of stressed syllables within such words, e.g. ”fingers the small size of small spades.” Purpose: rhythm and stress.
An allusion is a direct or indirect reference to some well-known historical person or event, saying, proverb, line or sentence from a work of literature.
An error in chronology: placing an event, item or...