The mood of a story is a literary device that creates a certain "feel" for the work as a whole and is done through wording and descriptive narrative. Edgar Allen Poe was a master at setting a dark, disturbing mood for hi... More »

Mood is a literary device authors use to evoke feelings within their readers. They create mood with their setting and character descriptions, tone and diction, or word choice. More »

A story's setting is comprised of the time, place, culture and environment that serve as the background. In some cases, the setting also serves as an important aspect of a story's plot. More »

Juxtaposition is a literary device in which two or more ideas, places, or characters are placed parallel to each other in a narrative or poem for the purpose of developing comparisons and contrasts. This device is often ... More »

A frame narrative refers to a type of storytelling in which one or more stories take place within an overall story. Specific types of frame narratives include cyclical frame stories and stories in which the plot of the s... More »

The setting in a narrative is the time and place in which the story takes place. The setting may be as limited as a particular room or as general as a country, while the time may be a specific hour or an era in history. More »

Characters in literary work give an author a tangible way to express various themes in a story. The use of characters also helps readers to connect to the main ideas throughout the story, while adding depth to the story ... More »