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the time and place of a literary work


the message or main idea of a literary work


something that has a meaning larger than itself


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


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


the tension in a story


the sequence of events in a story


The moment when a character suddenly understands something... Ah-ha!


exaggeration for the sake of emphasis


a long, narrative poem about the adventures of a hero

epic hero

a character who displays the values of a race or nation


a short descriptive phrase

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