devotion to the idea of beauty in art
an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances
a reference to another work of literature, person, or event
unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
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a protagonist who lacks the characteristics that would make him a hero (or her a heroine)
opposition, or contrast of ideas or words in a balanced or parallel construction
an original model on which something is patterned
The condition of a successful literary work whereby all of its elements work together for the achievement of its central purpose. In an artistically unified work nothing is included that is irrelevant and nothing is excluded that is essential.
a type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist.
the use of disturbing themes in comedy
a release of emotional tension
the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character
an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another
a character who represents a sharp contrast with the protagonist and thus serves to stress and highlight the protagonists distinctive temperament
the order in which events happen in time
the chance occurrence, at the same time, of two or more seemingly connected events; V. coincide: happen at the same time; be in agreement; CF. coincident; CF. coincidental
the inclusion of a humorous character or scene to contrast with the tragic elements of a work, thereby intensifying the next tragic event.
fiction written to meet the taste of a wide popular audience and relying usually on tested formulas for satisfying such taste
an idea that is implied or suggested
following accepted customs and proprieties
the outcome of a complex sequence of events
dues ex machina
the employment of some unexpected and improbable incident to make things turn out right.
the manner in which something is expressed in words, aka word choice
intended to instruct
(theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
one whose character changes in the course of the play or story
a saying or statement on the title page of a work, or used as a heading for a chapter or other section of a work
a moment of sudden revelation or insight
The introductory material which gives the setting, creates the tone, presents the characters, and presents other facts necessary to understanding the story.
The art of interpreting or discovering the meaning of a text. It usually involves close reading and special attention to figurative language.
(n.) a play filled with ridiculous or absurd happenings; broad or far-fetched humor; a ridiculous sham
a character who embodies a single quality and who does not develop in the course of a story
the act of providing vague advance indications
a major category or type of literature
the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall
excessive pride or self-confidence
a word or group of words in a literary work which appeal to one or more of the senses: sight, taste, touch, hearing, and smell
fiction written with serious artistic intentions, providing an imagined experience yielding authentic insights into some significant aspect of life
the overall emotion created by a work of literature
a principal idea, feature, theme, or element; a repeated or dominant figure in a design
a short narrative designed to teach a moral lesson
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
a work which imitates another in a ridiculous manner
point of view
the perspective from which a story is told
the principal character in a work of fiction
a character who is well developed by the author and who many characteristics
n. harsh, often ironic ridicule, intended to hurt
form of literature in which irony, sarcasm, and ridicule are employed to attack human vice and folly
arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
occurs when the outcome of a work is unexpected, or events turn out to be the opposite from what one had expected
a character that does not change from the beginning of the story to the end
the stereotyped character in which he is immediately known from typical characters in history
stream of consciousness
a style of writing that portrays the inner (and often chaotic) workings of a character's mind, usually consisting of a recording of the random flow of ideas, memories, associations, images, and emotions, as they arise spontaneously in a character's mind
the distinctive quality of speech or writing created by the selection and arrangement of words and figures of speech
anything that stands for or represents something else
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
The attitude of the author toward the audience and characters (e.g., serious or humorous).
A literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy
A figure of speech in which what is said is the opposite of what is meant, aka sarcasm
(n.) the quality of appearing to be true, real, likely, or probable