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Psychological Realism

Not as much action but more with the thoughts and reactions of characters; deals with reality of thought and character needs.


Dark view of the world; on the limitation of the human spirit, and that humans can do good or evil.


Person telling the story


A perception of inconsistency, sometimes humorous, in which the understanding and importance of a statement is changed by its context; something unexpected.

Dramatic Irony

Audience knows more about the character's situation than the character does and the understanding of events.


Literary device in which an author suggests certain plot developments that might come later in the story.

Coming of Age

Work of literature in which the main characters grow, mature, and come to understand in adult terms.


Using humor often to criticize values, morals, institutions, and various elements of society. (Similar to Sarcasm)

Structural Irony

Use of a naïve hero whose incorrect perceptions differ from the audiences correct perceptions.

Verbal Irony

A discrepancy in what is said and what is meant.


Time and place


A particular kind of speech by members of a group due to education, class, or geographic location.


Misuse of a word for humorous effect.


Recurring idea, image, or incident repeated throughout the book.

Local Color

A detailed setting forth of the characteristics of a particular locality, enabling the reader to "see" the setting.


A simple, sometimes brief, story with a moral lesson.


Literary device used as a symbol: 1. Despair and Punishment 2. Mystery and Power


Contrast of elements in a book; difference; reveals strong and weak points of setting or character.

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