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suspense
a feeling of growing tension and excitement felt by a reader. Writers create suspense by raising questions in readers' minds about what might happen
tone
the writer's attitude about his or her subject
novel
a work of fiction that is longer and more complex than a short story. A novel's setting, plot, characters and theme are ususally developed in greater detail than a short story
symbolism
something that has meaning in itself but suggests other meaning as well ex: a dove symbolizes peace
irony
a form of figurative language in which something is highly exaggerated
literal language
language that means exactly what it says. There is no deeper meaning to the statement. ex: the house is red
dialogue
words that the characters speak out
foreshadowing
a writer provides hints that suggest the future events in the story
empathy
the projection of one's personality into the personality of another in order to understand him better; ability to share another's emotion or feelings
inference
logical guess or conclusion based on evidence
surprise ending
an unexpected plot twist at the end of a story
imagery
words amd phrases that appeal to the reader's senses. Writers use sensory details to help readers imagine how things look,smell,sound and taste
fantasy
story that takes place in an unreal, imaginary world
flashback
an interruption in the action to present a scene that took place at an earlier time
moral
lesson that a story teaches
metaphor
comparison of two things that have some quality in common. It does not use like or as; it simply says one thing is another. ex: The night is a dark curtain
visualizing
process of forming a mental picture based on a written description
genre
a type or category of literature like fiction, non-fiction, poetry
author's purpose
the reason for creating a particular work. It may be to entertain, to explain or inform, to express an opinion or to persuade readers to do or believe something
external confilict
character struggles against another character or some outside force (like nature)person vs.person, person vs. nature
person vs. animal
person vs. machine
person vs. society

theme
message about life or human nature that is conveyed by a literary work
hyperbole
a form of figurative language in which something is highly exaggerated
figurative language
language that has deeper meaning beyond the literal meaning. Examples include symbols, metaphors, similes and hyperboles
internal confilict
struggle within a character
person vs. self
mood
feeling that the literary work conveys to readers example: happy, sad, menacing
simile
comparison of two things that have some quality in common using like or as ex: The night fell like a dark curtain