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bildungsroman

a novel that follows the development of the hero from childhood or adolescence into adulthood through a troubled quest for identity

symbol

a word, place, character, or object that means something beyond what it is on a literal level

brother

a member of a men's religious order who is not in holy orders but engages in the work of that order

vigilante

one who suppresses or punishes crime (when the processes of law are inadequate)

anagnorisis

the moment of tragic recognition in which the protagonist realizes some important fact or insight, especially a truth about himself, human nature, or his situation

ambiance

refers to the atmosphere or mood of a particular location or setting within a literary work

conflict

the struggle which arises from the reaction of two opposing forces to one another. provides suspense in a work of fiction.

circular structure

a type of artistic structure in which a sense of completeness or closure originates in the way the end of a piece returns to subject-matter, wording, or phrasing found at the beginning of the work

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