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setting

the time and place of a literary work

theme

the message or main idea of a literary work

symbol

something that has a meaning larger than itself

irony

a contrast between what is real and what is expected

verbal irony

when a character says or exaggerates and means the opposite

dramatic irony

The reader or viewer knows something that a character does not

tone

reflects the feelings of the writer

point of view

the vantage point from which a story is told

1st person point of view

when the author tells his own story using "I"

3rd person limited

when a narrator tells what one character thinks or feels

3rd person omniscient

when a narrator comments on all the characters' thoughs and feelings

suspense

the tension in a story

plot

the sequence of events in a story

epiphany

The moment when a character suddenly understands something... Ah-ha!

hyperbole

exaggeration for the sake of emphasis

epic

a long, narrative poem about the adventures of a hero

epic hero

a character who displays the values of a race or nation

epithet

a short descriptive phrase

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