the general mood, feeling or spirit of the story generated by the setting and affected by the choice of words and subject matter
the means through which the author gives life to the characters; the creation of imaginary persons so that they seem lifelike. characterization is achieved through explanation, description, behavior, dialogue, thoughts, motivations, and responses.
the point of highest dramatic intensity; the turning point in the action, after which the reader discovers whether the main character succeeds or fails in his or her struggle.
clues or hints which prepare the reader for future action or evens. often hints are given the the atmosphere, physical objects, facts, or character traits which are revealed.
contrast, contradiction, or discrepancy between what is expected and what results. the term refers to a recognition of really different form appearance.
Point of view
the angle from which the author tells the story; the author's and therefore, the readers' perspective on the story
background against which action takes place, including location, time and environment--social, moral, and emotional conditions- of the characters.
anticipation as to the outcome of events, particularly as it may affect the character for whom the reader has sympathy; questions about a situation which leads to curiosity or tension about the outcome.
an object, action, person, place, or some other detail which also stands for something abstract and means mort than what it is