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Short Story Literary

Short story literary terms

Theme A message found in a literary work. Insight about life or human nature.
Mood Emotional quality of a literary work. Emotion that the reader encounters/ fills when reading the story.
Characterization Authors reveal the personality of each character by describing physical appearance, thoughts, actions, and spoken words.
Main Idea The key idea that take place within the reading.
Point of View (POV) The perspective from which a story is told. The relationship of the narrator to the story.
Conflict The struggle between two opposing forces. External or internal
Irony A contrast between what is expected and what actually happens. Contrast between appearance and reality.
Tone An author's attitude toward his or her subject matter or audience and the emotional quality of the literary work.
Voice The distinctive use of language that conveys the author's or narrator's personality to the reader. Determined by word choice, tone-author's attitude, and mood-emotional quality.