Genre Essay Setting and Context 18th and 19th Century London Narrator and Point of View Elia, a pseudonym Charles Lamb used to write subjective, conversational essays Tone and Mood Whimsical, comical, contemplative, elegiac Protagonist and Antagonist Elia is the protagonist. Antagonist N/A. Major Conflict N/A Climax N/A Foreshadowing The fact that the South-Sea House ran a hoax foreshadows that Lamb's entire account is a fabrication. Understatement Lamb describes the delicate scene in the old china teacup. Allusions Lamb makes several allusions to works of Shakespeare. Imagery The sooty-faced chimney sweepers flashing white teeth Paradox Nobility often doesn't behave in a noble way, and the poor actually have the most nobility. Parallelism N/A Metonymy and Synecdoche The chimney sweepers' dirty faces are a metonym of their lowly rank in society. Personification The day of the year are personified in and enjoy a festival together in "Rejoicings Upon the New Year's Coming of Age."