a revelatory, personal experience through which the individual gains insight, knowledge, or understanding of the self, other people, or the world.
a perception of inconsistency, sometimes humerous, in which the significance and understanding of a statement or event is changed by its context
the audience or reader knows more about a character's situation than the character knows
the use of a naive hero, whose incorrect perceptions differ from the reader's correct ones.
Loss of Innocence
a story in which an innocent child or young adult lives a blissful and happy life, untouched by evil or hardship. then is shattered because the character obseres or experiences something about the world
third-person narraration in which the author is recording action from a neutral point of view
third-person narraration that allows the author to relate the thoughts and feelings of any of the characters in an all-knowing manner.
a figure of speech in which an object, abstract idea, or animal is given human characteristics.
an expression that achieves emphasis or humor by utilizing:
two distinctly different meanings for the same word
two similar sounding words
Rite of Passage
a physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional test which a young person must overcome in order to be accepted and perceived as an adult by the rest of his or her society
an object, person, or place that has a meaning in itself and that also stands for something larger than itself
a literary work whose appeal extends beyond a specific time or place to any readers in any century; "the so-whatness"