When a writer argues against a claim that nobody actually holds or is universally considered weak. Setting up a straw man diverts attention from the real issues.
An author’s characteristic manner of expression – his or her diction, syntax, imagery, structure, and content all contribute to style.
A personal presentation of events and characters, influenced by the author’s feelings and opinions.
A form of reasoning in which two statements are made and a conclusion is drawn from them. A syllogism is the format of a formal argument that consists of a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion.
The use of symbols or anything that is meant to be taken both literally and as representative of a higher and more complex significance.
a figure of speech in which a part of something is used to represent a whole, such as using “boards” to mean a stage or “wheels” to mean a car. (“All hands on deck.”
Ability to create a variety of sentence structures, appropriately complex and.or simple and varied in length.
Sentence structures that are extraordinarily complex and involved. They are often difficult for a reader to follow.
The grammatical structure of a sentence; the arrangement of words in a sentence.
The central idea or “message” in a literary work.
The main idea of a piece of writing; presents the author’s assertion or claim.
The characteristic emotion or attitude of an author toward the characters, subject, and audience.
A word or phrase that links one idea to the next and carries the reader from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph.
Sentence consisting of three parts of equal importance and length, usually three independent clauses.
The opposite of exaggeration.
Quality of a piece of writing.
Refers to two different areas of writing: one refers to the relationship between a sentence’s subject and verb; the second refers to the total “sound” of a writer’s style.