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elements of prose

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absurdist
focuses on the experiences of characters who are unable to find any purpose in life.
active voice
subject is performing action stated by verb. Ex: Harry ate six shrimp at dinner.
fable
short story that contains a moral.
fairy tale
a narrative that is made up of fantastic characters.
fantasy
a genre that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary plot.
farce
a type of comedy that involves stereotyped characters who are in far fetch situations
folktale
narrative form, such as an epic, legend, myth, song, poem, or fable, that has been told through generations
frame tale
story within a story
historical fiction
narrative fiction that is set in some earlier time and often contains historically authentic people.
horror
fiction that is intended to frighten reader
legend
story about a figure who lies between myth and historical fact.
mystery
suspenseful story that deals with a puzzling crime.
myth
narrative that involves gods and heroes or has a theme that expresses a culture's ideology
novel
an extended fictional narrative prose
novella
short narrative
parable
a short story that teaches a lesson
parody
a text or performance that imitates and mocks an authors work
romance
a novel composed of idealized events far from everyday life.
satire
literature that mocks social conventions
science fiction
fiction that deals with the current or future development
short story
a brief fictional prose
tall tale
an exaggerated story
tragedy
literature ending in a catastrophic event
autobiography
a person's accounts of his or her own life.
biography
an account of a person's life written by another person.
document
written piece that provides information.
epitaph
phrase or statement written in memory of a person
essay
a short piece of writing on a particular subject.
memoir
an historical account written from personal knowledge
passive voice
subject is not the do'er or be'er of the sentence. Ex: five hamburgers must have been eaten by the man.
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