“There Will Come Soft Rains” Vocabulary, ENG 10
silhouette (noun) an outline that appears dark against a light background On the side of the house was the silhouette of a man mowing a lawn.
paranoia (noun) an irrational fear of danger Her paranoia of bugs led her to believe that they were trying to kill her.
manipulate (verb) to move, operate or handle The puppet was manipulated by a set of strings and the puppeteer.
tremulous (adjective) trembling, unsteady He became tremulous with fear when he had to give his speech.
oblivious (adjective) completely unaware, paying no attention The man was oblivious to the danger ahead of him.
sublime (adjective) supreme, splendid, the best The beaches in the Caribbean are sublime.
personification Giving human traits to something non-human. Example: “Now the fire lay in beds, stood in windows…”
chronological In order of time from earliest to latest. If you put your life in chronological order, the first thing that happened to you was your birth.
Flashback When the author temporarily jumps back to an earlier time in story to give us information about a character’s past or the plot.
imagery Vivid descriptive language that appeals to one or more of the senses . (sight, taste, touch, smell or sound) Example: “The stove was making pancakes which filled the house with a rich baked odor and the scent of maple syrup.”