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a character who shows many traits and whose personality is complex and multi-faceted
a character that goes through a significant amount of changes from the beginning to the end
a struggle between two forces:
man vs man
man vs nature
man vs self
man vs machine
man vs society
a French word meaning "the unknotting." In literary criticism, it denotes the resolution of conflict in fiction or drama (also known as falling action)
a deviation from what speakers of a language understand as the ordinary or standard use of words in order to achieve some special meaning or effect
a figure of speech in which two unlike objects are implicitly compared without the use of "like" or "as."
a character that serves by contrast to highlight or emphasize opposing traits in another character
the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect
a form of language in which writers and speakers mean exactly what their words denote
in literature, a feeling, emotional state, or disposition of mind--especially the predominating atmosphere or tone of a literary work or in grammar, an aspect of verbs
an attack on or criticism of any stupidity or vice in the form of scathing humor, or a critique of what the author sees as dangerous religious, political, moral, or social standards
the general locale, historical time, and social circumstances in which the action of a fictional or dramatic work occurs
a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory
something that imitates the serious manner and characteristic features of a particular literary work in order to make fun of those same features
the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form
String of Consciousness
a literary technique that presents the thoughts and feelings of a character as they occur
Point of View
the way a story gets told and who tells it. It is the method of narration that determines the position, or angle of vision, from which the story unfolds
a word, place, character, or object that means something beyond what it is on a literal level
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