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Indirect Characterization

The reader learns about the character through his of her actions, words and the opinions of the other character

Verbol irony

When a speaker or narrator says one thing while meaning another

Situational Irony

When a situation turns out differently from what one would normally expect

Dramatic Irony

A character says of does something that has a different meaning from what he thinks it means, though the audience and the other character understand the full implications of the speech or actions

Point of View

the perspective from which a story is told

1st person point of view

Narrated from a character's perspective, usually using "i"

3rd person limited

The narrator knows what the person is thinking but uses "he/she" or the characters name

3rd person omniscient

The narrator is all knowing


The feeling a person get's when hearing a word


a conversation between two or more people


The central message of a literary work


How the reader feels during a story


A character or force in conflict with the protagonist


The sequence of events or actions in a short story, novel, play, or narrative poem


Consists of words or phrases appealing to the five senses


The time and place in which events in a short story takes place


The main character


Giving inanimate objects realistic charactistics


Givings hints or clues to whats going to happen next


A sudden realization


Compearing something to something else using "like" or "as"


Compairing something to something else without using "like" or "as"


A thing that represents or stands for something else


A state of feeling of uncertainty about what may happen

Internal Conflict

A character in conflict with himself or herself
(man vs. self)

External Conflict

A conflict occuring outside the mind of a character
(man vs. man)
(man vs. nature)
(man vs. society)

Direct Characterization

When the reader directly states the character's traits


the author's attitude toward the subject


The choice of word in speech or writing

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