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Lit Terms 3

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setting
the time and place of a literary work
theme
the message or main idea of a literary work
symbol
something that has a meaning larger than itself
irony
a contrast between what is real and what is expected
verbal irony
when a character says or exaggerates and means the opposite
dramatic irony
The reader or viewer knows something that a character does not
tone
reflects the feelings of the writer
point of view
the vantage point from which a story is told
1st person point of view
when the author tells his own story using "I"
3rd person limited
when a narrator tells what one character thinks or feels
3rd person omniscient
when a narrator comments on all the characters' thoughs and feelings
suspense
the tension in a story
plot
the sequence of events in a story
epiphany
The moment when a character suddenly understands something... Ah-ha!
hyperbole
exaggeration for the sake of emphasis
epic
a long, narrative poem about the adventures of a hero
epic hero
a character who displays the values of a race or nation
epithet
a short descriptive phrase