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Glossary

Word Definition
archetype a 'type' of character who represents an important human role such as the mother figure or the hero
cliché an overused metaphor that has lost its impact
metaphor a figure of speech equating two very different things, so drawing out unusual and unexpected similarities
motif a recurring pattern, object or idea in a text
register level of formality
stance a position or attitude
stereotype a character who has no indviduality but is typical of a type; also known as stock character
trope figurative language or rhetorical device that recurs because of its cultural significance.

Last update: 15th January 2019