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2. a central idea, moral, or message, of an essay, paragraph, movie, book or video
game; often about life, society, or human nature, a theme is implied, timeless, and
1. a recurring structure, contrast, or literary device in a written or artistic work that
repeats itself, to reinforce the theme; whereas the theme is presented through text,
the motif is presented through recurring elements that represent an idea
Examples of motifs: colors, objects, situations
1. a protagonist in a novel or play who is lacking in the traditional qualities needed to
be a hero/heroine
1. In a story, the most intense, peak moment of the story that is the key turning point in
1. In a story or play, the conversation that a character has with him or herself, inside his
or her head, usually written in italics to represent the self-nature of the word or
1. the liberty taken by a writer or artist that allows him or her to stray from
conventional form, in order to make a point and construct a desired effect for the
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