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Narrators know everything about all characters

3rd person omniscient

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Watching everything but you don't know anyone's thoughts

3rd person objective

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1st person narrator in fiction or poetry that doesn't represent the author

Persona

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Attitude of the story

Tone

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The choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing; showing a certain style

Diction

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The literal dictionary definition of a word, without associative and suggestive meaning

Denotation

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The associative and suggestive meanings of a word, in contrast to its literal meaning

Connotation

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Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally

Hyperbole

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A word or phrase that says one thing but means another

Metaphor

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A phrase that uses the words like or as to describe someone or something by comparing it with someone or else that's similar

Simile

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The use of words that begin with the same sounds near one another

Alliteration

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The use of words that have the same or very similar vowel sounds near one another

Assonance

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A combination of words that have opposite or very different meanings

Oxymoron

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To give a suggestion of something that hasn't happened yet

Foreshadowing

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The time, place, and conditions in which something happens

Setting

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The main character in a novel, play, movie, etc

Protagonist

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A person who opposes the main character

Antagonist

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A character that undergoes an important inner change

Dynamic character

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A character that undergoes little or no change

Static character

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A moment in which you have a sudden understanding of something in a clear way

Epiphany

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Something that is made up of two opposite things and that seems impossible but is actually true or possible

Paradox

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A struggle for power

Conflict

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Narrator only knows the thoughts and feelings of one character

3rd person limited

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Language that is visual

Image

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An action, object, etc that represents something

Symbol

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A passing or casual reference; an incidental mention of something either directly or by implication

Allusion

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Underlying meaning of a story

Theme

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A narrative in verse or prose in which abstract qualities are personified as characters

Allegory

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Over statement, understatement and opposite statement

Verbal irony

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Involving a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what is intended

Situational irony