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The angle of vision from which a story is told.
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Point of View
The angle of vision from which a story is told.
Omnicient Point of View
Author writes in third person and is all-knowing; knows what characters are thinking and planning and why.
Objective Point of view
Presents the actions and thoughts of the characters but doesn't judge them or insert opinions.
Limited Omnicient Point of View
Author writes from third person point of view, but limits herself to complete understanding of only one character.
First Person Point of View
story is told by a character within the story; may be either major or minor character.
Stands a little to the side, watching a story unfold that mainly involves someone else.
Innocent or Naive Narrator
Stoory told from the point of view of a narrator who does not fully understand the implications of the story. Narrator could be a child or an adult with the intellect of a child.
Unreliable Narrator
Narrator who the reader perceives is deceptive, self-deceptive, deluded, or deranged. A naive character is usually an unreliable narrator.
opposite of poetry; non-metrical.
Rite of Passage
a story of initiation into maturity or experience. Also called the story of initiation or loss of innocence.
Bitter or cutting speech intended to wound - personal.
Literature which blends a critical attitude with humor and wit to poke fun at human folly with the intention of changing things or preventing future ills. In general, there are two types of satire, named after their most renowned Classical practicioners Horatian and Juvenalian.
Gentle, urbane, witty.
Bitter, biting, angry.
A defect in writing where a writer seems to feel tremendous emotion and implies that the reader, too, should feel it, but does not provide reader with enough reason to share such feelings.
a figure of speech in which the similarity between two objects is expressed. Usually, but not always, uses as or like.
a time and place in a story.
Individual characteristics of a piece of writing; surprises in meaning, sentence structure, and sound.
Suspension of disbelief
The "willing suspension of disbelief" is a phrase coined by Coloridge to describe the willingness of a person to accept as true the premises of a work of fiction.
Something that is both itself and something else; object, person, situation, or action that represents something else in addition to its literal meaning.
Refers to the ordering and structuring of words. Whether to say, "The pizza was smothered in cheese. I devoured it greedily," or, "Greedily, I devoured the cheese smothered pizza," is a question of this.
Emotional coloring of a work; the writer's or speaker's attitude toward her subject.
A self-evident truth - does not need to be stated.
Also called meiosis, it is a form of irony which deliberately represents something as less than it is for purposes of ironic contrast (see litotes).

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