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Literary terms Narration - DeCubellis

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Audience
The intended reader of a work of fiction or nonfiction.
First person point of view
when the narrator uses "I" to tell the story. May be a character or an observer
First person narrative
the narrator uses "I" while describing his or her OWN experiences, thoughts or feelings
Limited omniscient point of view
occurs when the narrator can relay one or two character's feelings, motivations and thoughts
Mood
the feeling created in a work of literature
Motif
central theme that runs throughout a story
Non-linear narrative
when an author presents the story's occurrences and characters out of order
Objective third person narration
occurs when the narrator merely observes actions and behaviors and relays no character's feelings, motivations or thoughts
Omniscient narrator
a from of third person narration in which the narrator tells things that cannot be known by any of the characters
Poetic justice
When a character's punishment ironically suits his or her wrongdoing
Prose
distinct from poetry, writing that varies in rhythm and is more like ordinary speech
Point of view
the perspective from which a story is narrated
Tone
the attitude a writer takes toward his subject (ex. a poem's tone might be somber, playful, ironic)...not to be confused with mood
Understatement
intentionally representing something as less than it is, for ironic emphasis or for politeness' sake
Unreliable narrator
First person narrator who gives an inaccurate account of events and characters of the story.
Persona
the voice of the narrator which could be a character in the story or an onlooker. Not to be confused with the writer herself.
Verisimilitude
the illusion of reality a work of fiction creates
Novel
a long work of fictional prose