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Literary Terms #4

Point of view - understatement

TermDefinition
point of view the method of narration
1st person the person telling the story and is a character in the story; uses 1st person pronoun I
2nd person the narrator is not in the story and is specifically speaking to the reader/audience; uses 2nd person pronoun you
3rd person limited the narrator is not a character in the story and knows what only one character thinks, feels, and observes; uses 3rd person pronouns he, she, they
3rd person omniscient the narrator is not a character in the story and knows what all of the characters think, feel, and observe ; uses 3rd person pronouns he, she, they
protagonist the main character; involved in the main conflict
pun a play on words based on the similarity of sound between the two words with different meanings
satire is a genre of literature and/or performing arts in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government or society itself, into improvement
setting time and place the action takes place including: geographic location, historical period, season, time of day, and culture
simile comparison between two unlike things using the word like or as
style a manner of writing
symbolism a person, place, object, or activity that stands for something beyond itself
theme a message about life or human nature that the writer shares with the reader
tone the writers's attitude toward his or her own subject
understatement creating emphasis by saying less than is actually or literally true; opposite of hyperbole
Created by: LOJHMyers