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Saying one thing and meaning another
Situational/Cosmic Irony
A form of irony in which accidental events occur that seem oddly appropriate (ex. a pickpocket getting his own pocket picked)
Verbal Irony
A form of irony in which the actual meaning of spoken words differs from the meaning that the words ostensibly express
Dramatic Irony
A form of irony in which the reader/audience knows something about present or future circumstances that the characters in the situation do not know
The arrangement of two or more ideas, characters, actions, settings, phrases, or words side by side or in similar narrative moments for comparison, contrast, rhetorical effect, suspense, or character development
A comparison or analogy stated in such a way as to imply that one object is another one, figuratively speaking
The use of a vaguely suggestive, physical object to embody a more general idea (ex. crown represents the whole royal family)
A single character speaking alone, with or without an audience
Narrative Voice
The "voice" that speaks or tells a story
Extended pieces of prose fiction focusing on a few primary characters but often involving scores of secondary characters
Extended fictional prose narrative longer than a short story but not as long as a novel; short stories in Italian, French, and German that served as later influences on English prose
The "person" who speaks in a poem or novel or other form of literature; an external representation of oneself which might or might not accurately reflect one's inner self
A figure of speech where abstractions, animals, ideas, and inanimate objects are given human characters, traits, abilities, or reactions

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