an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances
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The condition of a successful literary work whereby all of its elements work together for the achievement of its central purpose. In an artistically unified work nothing is included that is irrelevant and nothing is excluded that is essential.
a type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist.
an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another
a character who represents a sharp contrast with the protagonist and thus serves to stress and highlight the protagonists distinctive temperament
the chance occurrence, at the same time, of two or more seemingly connected events; V. coincide: happen at the same time; be in agreement; CF. coincident; CF. coincidental
the inclusion of a humorous character or scene to contrast with the tragic elements of a work, thereby intensifying the next tragic event.
fiction written to meet the taste of a wide popular audience and relying usually on tested formulas for satisfying such taste
dues ex machina
the employment of some unexpected and improbable incident to make things turn out right.
(theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
a saying or statement on the title page of a work, or used as a heading for a chapter or other section of a work
The introductory material which gives the setting, creates the tone, presents the characters, and presents other facts necessary to understanding the story.
The art of interpreting or discovering the meaning of a text. It usually involves close reading and special attention to figurative language.
(n.) a play filled with ridiculous or absurd happenings; broad or far-fetched humor; a ridiculous sham
a character who embodies a single quality and who does not develop in the course of a story
a word or group of words in a literary work which appeal to one or more of the senses: sight, taste, touch, hearing, and smell
fiction written with serious artistic intentions, providing an imagined experience yielding authentic insights into some significant aspect of life
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
form of literature in which irony, sarcasm, and ridicule are employed to attack human vice and folly
arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
occurs when the outcome of a work is unexpected, or events turn out to be the opposite from what one had expected
the stereotyped character in which he is immediately known from typical characters in history
stream of consciousness
a style of writing that portrays the inner (and often chaotic) workings of a character's mind, usually consisting of a recording of the random flow of ideas, memories, associations, images, and emotions, as they arise spontaneously in a character's mind
the distinctive quality of speech or writing created by the selection and arrangement of words and figures of speech
A literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy