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A tone characterized by a distance between what occurs and what is expected to occur, or between what is said and what is meant.
An author's or character's distinctive choice of words and style of expression.
The narrative's turning point in a struggle between opposing forces. The point of highest conflict in the story.
A direct comparison of two dissimilar things using the words like or as.
The story is narrated by a character in the story, identified by use of the pronoun I or the plural first-person we.
Limited omniscient narrator
A third-person narrator who enters into the mind of only one character at a time.
A narrator who is characterized by youth and innocence, sometimes untrustworthy.
The author's attitude toward his or her characters or subject matter.
The time and place where the story occurs.
Uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation.
The central problem in a story, a source of tension.
The repetition of the initial consonant sounds of a sequence of words.
The events following the climax and leading up to the resolution.
A sensory impression created by language...an appeal to any of the five senses, emotions, or intellect.
The literal meaning of a word.
A story in which the major elements such as characters and setting represent universal truths or moral lessons in a one-to-one correspondence.
The use of words that imitate the sounds they refer to.
A type of figurative speech that uses verbal exaggeration to make a point.
A repetition of vowel sounds or patterns in neighboring words.
A character who directly contrasts the traits or qualities of another character.
a reference to another work of art of literature, or to a person, place, or event outside the text.
A character with complex, multifaceted characteristics. These characters behave as real people.
A character with a narrow range of speech or action. These characters are predictable and do not develop over the course of the plot.
A character who does not change over the course of a work.
When a character experiences change over the course of a work.
A character in conflict with the protagonist.
Story events that increase tension and move the plot toward the climax.
An image or symbol with a universal meaning that evokes a common emotional reaction in readers.
The act of taking credit for another's work or ideas.
Point of view
The perspective from which the story is told.
A seemingly contradictory statement that, when closely examined, has a deeper, sometimes complicated, meaning.
A pattern of imagery or a concept that recurs throughout a work of literature.
A hint about the plot elements to come, both to advance the plot and to build suspense.
A close reading of any text; the goal is to logically analyze details within the text itself to uncover deeper meanings or contradictions.
A poem's speaker, which may or may not use the voice of the poet.
Any object, image, character, or action that suggest meaning beyond the everyday literal level.
A brief speech made directly to the audience by a character on stage while others on stage do not acknowledge it.
An emotional release experienced by the audience as it watches a tragedy.
A moment or event when a character achieves a spiritual insight into life.
A flaw in character that leads to the downfall of the hero.
Criticizes human and/or societal flaws through exaggeration.
A speech made by a character alone on stage meant to be beard only by the audience.
A division or unit of a poem.
The overall meaning, point, or idea in a literary work.
A work intended to entertain and amuse its audience without anything truly terrible occurring.
A story or play that presents a character(s) who usually begin high and end low.
The main character often must battle powerful forces within or outside of himself/herself.
Two lines of poetry that usually rhyme and/or have similar meter.
male dominance and power - often times a phallic symbol is shaped lie an erect penis.
symbol of feminine/fertility/motherhood - often times presented to resemble female genitalia - breasts and vagina.
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