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The central idea of the story, usually implied rather than directly stated. It is a story’s observation about life or human nature, and should not be confused with the moral. The BIG PICTURE or MESSAGE of a piece of writing.
The use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense. Generally, it is an object representing another to give it an entirely different meaning that is much deeper and more significant. Examples: the color black can represent evil, while the color white can represent innocence.
The place or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes place.
The general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation, etc. conveyed through the choice of words or the viewpoint of a writer on a particular subject.
A literary element that evokes certain feelings or vibes in readers through words and descriptions; the ATMOSPHERE of a literary piece as it creates an emotional situation that surrounds the readers.