Rewriting a paragraph replacing words with Figurative languagesDirection : Rewrite the paragraph using ten terms from the list below to replace imprecise vocabulary. You may have to change the form...

Rewriting a paragraph replacing words with Figurative languages

Direction : Rewrite the paragraph using ten terms from the list below to replace imprecise vocabulary. You may have to change the form of the word you choose from the list to fit the context of the sentence.

Allegory     Allusion     Climax     Crisis     Foreshadowing     Hyperbole     Irony     Mood     Narrator     Omniscience     Protagonist     Rhetoric     Stereotype     Suspense     Tone     Tragedy

The person who tells the story is the main character, James. Occasionally, however, the perspective shifts, and we gain insight into the thoughts and feelings of Lucy, his wife. The difference between James' and Lucy's perception of events creates an overall feeling of stress and uncertainty. This effect is heightened by the frequent indirect references to historical events, such as Gulf War and the break-up of the Soviet Union, which hint at the looming moment of decision in their marriage. The tension mounts untill the most exciting point, which is both sad and contrary to what one would expect.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I can see quite a few places in the passage where you can substitute some of your vocabulary words for words or phrases that are in the text.

A person who tells the story is a narrator.

The main character is the protagonist.

When the narrator can see into the minds of others, that is omniscience.

An overall feeling is a mood.

Indirect references to historical events like the Cold War (or to things like works of literature) are allusions.

If an author hints at some event that is looming in the future, the author is using foreshadowing.

Instead of the word "tension" you could use "suspense."  You might also use "suspense" up a bit where it talks about stress and uncertainty.

The most exciting point of the story is the climax.

Something contrary to what you expect can be irony.

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shakespeareguru | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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I suspect that a good working dictionary would be the best way for you to approach this assignment.

In addition to consulting a dictionary so that you know each of these terms, look at the individual sentences to see which term might fit what the sentence means.  For example,  "The person who tells the story is the main character, James."  Two things jump out here that could be replaced "person who tells the story" and "main character."  If you have your definitions of each of the words, you will see that the Narrator is the "person who tells the story," and the Protagonist is the "main character."

And so, one way to rewrite the sentence would be "James is both the protagonist and narrator of the story."  Be careful here, though, this is only one of the ways this sentence could be rewritten.  Make sure to come up with your own sentences for your assignment.  Good luck!

 

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lit24 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The paragraph can be rewritten as follows:

James the protagonist of the story, is also its omniscient narrator. Occasionally, the perspective shifts and by the technique of foreshadowing we gain insight into the moods of his wife Lucy. The difference between James' and Lucy's perception of events creates suspense. The tone is heightened by the frequent allegorical references  to historical events such as Gulf War and the break-up of the Soviet Union which allude to the crisis in their marriage. The tension reaches a climax which is both tragic and ironic.

You should refer to the dictionary of literary terms edited by J.A.Cuddon.

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sruti93 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

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James, the narrator of the story is the protagonist, which also makes him the omniscient character. Occasionally, however, the perspective shifts, and we gain insight into the moods and feelings of Lucy, his wife. The difference between James' and Lucy's perception of events creates a tone of tragedy and suspense. This effect is heightened by the frequent use of allegorical allusions to historical events, such as Gulf War and the break-up of the Soviet Union, foreshadowing the crisis of decision in their marriage. The tension mounts untill the climax, which is both sad and ironic to the stereotypical expectation.

 

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