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Elements of Literat

Elements of Literature

Tone The implied attitude of a writer towards his/her subject and characters
Mood The overall emotional effect of the story created by the setting
Irony Technique that involves a contrast or discrepancy between what is said and meant, or between what happens and what is expected to happen
Types of Irony Verbal Situational Dramatic
Verbal Irony a discrepancy between what is said and what is meant; sarcasm
Situational Irony discrepancy between what is expected to happen and what actually happens
Point of View refers to the frame of reference from which a story is told
Narrator the speaker or character telling the story
Omniscient all-knowing; narrator knows what all characters are thinking and feeling; insight into all characters
Limited narrator only knows what ONE character is thinking and feeling; insight into ONE character
Objective narrator does not reveal any insight into characters’ thoughts and feelings; simply relays the observable actions of the characters from the outside
Theme the central message or insight into life revealed through a literary work; generalizations about human beings or about life; usually not directly stated
Conflict the struggle between opposing forces in a story; usually resolved by the end of the work
Common Conflict Types Man VRS. Man (external) Man VRS. Nature (external) Man VRS. Society (external) Man VRS. Fate/ God (external) Man VRS. Self (internal)
Satire writing that ridicules or holds up to contempt the faults of individuals and society in the hopes of making change and improvement
Foreshadowing technique in which the author gives hints about the future action of the story; helps to prepare the reader for what is to come later
Suspension of Disbelief Letting go of preconceived notions of what is logical for the sake of enjoyment
Created by: EmmaLemma



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