literary elements “the black cat”. irony verbal irony
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Literary ElementsThe Black Cat
Verbal IronyWhen a speaker says one thing but means another (similar to sarcasm)When a literal meaning is contrary to its intended effect
Dramatic IronyListener or audience understand words or actions that the speaker or character does notAdds suspense or humor
Senator Palpatine = Evil 4,5,6 (old Star Wars)1,2,3 (new Star Wars)
Situational IronyWhen the result of an action is contrary to the desired or expected effect
SymbolSomething that on the surface is its literal self but which also has another meaning or even several meanings.A symbol may be said to embody an idea.
Universal SymbolsEmbody universally recognizable meanings wherever used
Constructed SymbolsAre given symbolic meaning by the way an author uses them in a literary work
MoodThe emotional quality or atmosphere of a storyCan suggest a specific emotion or quality of settingCreated by descriptive language, figures of speech, word choice
SuspenseA feeling of curiosity, uncertainty, or even dread about what is going to happen nextWriters increase suspense by giving readers clues as to what might happen.
ForeshadowingAuthors use of clues to prepare readers for events that will happen later in the story