A form of narration in which the narrator cannot tell the story from multiple point of views
A type of narrator that can move from character to character or place to place freely with access to all of the characters' feelings.
The technique of arranging events that later events are implied in previous events, giving a thematic and structural unity
Imagery drawn from the created world and its non-human inhabitants that are related to the plot or the character's feelings (Macbeth)
there is no such thing as absolute right or wrong. Each person chooses what they want to do. (Macbeth)
A narrator that is trustworthy. This type of narrator can tell the truth in the story.
The poetic practice in a story in which nature or other objects imitate the emotions of the human character
This type of irony occurs when the audience knows more than the character [in the play] and knows the consequences of a situation
first person narrator
A point of view in which a narrator, referred to as "I," who is a character in the story and relates the actions through his or her own perspective, also revealing his or her own thoughts
3rd person narrator
one who tells a story from the third person point of view. The author chooses a character and relates the story in terms of that character.
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work expressed directly or indirectly
The introductory material which gives the setting, creates the tone, presents the characters, and presents other facts necessary to understanding the story.
A subsidiary or subordinate or parallel plot in a play or story that coexists with the main plot
a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to an earlier event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story
writing which presents the mannerisms, dress, speech and customs of a particular geographical region
a character who embodies a single quality and who does not develop in the course of a story
a character who demonstrates some complexity and who develops or changes in the course of a work
verse or prose composition intended to potray life or character or to tell a story usually involving conflicts and emotions through action and dialogue
A kind of rhythmic, compressed language that uses figures of speech and imagery designed to appeal to our emotions and imaginations
a philosophy based on the idea that people give meaning to their lives through their choices and actions
(philosophy) the doctrine that the world can be understood in scientific terms without recourse to spiritual or supernatural explanations
18th - 19th century style of fiction medieval settings murky horror and gloom, mysterious and violent incidents
The deliberate departure from tradition and the use of innovative forms of expression that distinguish many styles in the arts and literature of the 20th century.
Group of writers in 1920s who shared the belief that they were lost in a greedy, materialistic world that lacked moral values and often choose to flee to Europe
emphasizes the life of the mind and feelings rather than the realistic external details of everyday life
the belief that all events are determined in advance by fate and cannot be changed by human means
The philosophical theory that every human act or decision is the inevitable result of specific influences (physical, psychological, environmental) that are independent of human will
occurs when the outcome of a work is unexpected, or events turn out to be the opposite from what one had expected
(theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
a company of actors who comment (by speaking or singing in unison) on the action in a classical Greek play
a long utterance by one person (especially one that prevents others from participating in the conversation)
stream of consciousness
a style of writing in which the author tries to reproduce the random flow of thoughts in the human mind
an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances
The attribution of human emotions or characteristics to inanimate objects or to nature; for example angry clouds; a cruel wind.`
the operation of justice in a play with fair distribution of rewards for good deeds and punishment for wrongdoing
The use of language to evoke a picture or a concrete sensation of a person, thing, place, or experience
a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')
a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity