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This is the first half of Literary Elements Review Burke


Central idea(s) in a piece of literature. Author's message.


Way or method the author uses to tell the story. Many authors have a certain ________.


Distinctive type of literary writing. Some novels are fiction, non-fiction, mystery, romance.


The sequence of events that take place; how the story unfolds; what happens in the story.

exposition (introduction)

The story's beginning where characters, setting, mood, and point of view are extablished; "plunges the reader into the story"


The people in the story are called _____.


The main character--often the "good guy."


The person or thing against the main character.


The author uses what people say about them, what the characters say, themselves, and what the narrator says to depict a character.


The place AND time of the story, determined by styles of clothing, technology, historical occurences, customs, manner or speaking, and more.

mood (tone)

The feeling the AUTHOR CREATES for the reader.

point of view

The way in which the story is told; who is telling it. it includes various types of narrators.

first person

The author uses "i" or "we" to create what kind of narrator?

third person

The author uses "he" or "she" or "it" to create what kind of narrator?


An all-knowing narrator who reveals the thoughts or feelings of more than one character.

limited narrator

The author tells the thoughts of one character.

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