Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Literary Elements

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Literary Elements


A novel

Setting and Context

The actions take place in New York City, where Nick and Norah meet each other and have different funny adventures.

Narrator and Point of View

The novel is narrated by two first persons – Nick and Norah. They tell about their life, friends, love, addiction to music and their first meeting.

Tone and Mood

Due to funny moments such as the search for drunken Caroline and even the ironic jokes during the conversation of the main characters, this book has a humorous and cheerful mood.

Protagonist and Antagonist

The main protagonists are Nick and Norah. The main antagonist is Tris, who always prevents Nick and Norah from building their relationship.

Major Conflict

The major conflict happens between Nick, Norah and Tris. This trio cannot solve their love affairs in any way and that is why this conflict makes many problems.


The climax happens, when Norah and Nick decide that they should be together and will send everyone, who will prevent their desire, to the devil.


Drunken friends are messengers of troubles and different adventures. Norah’s drunk best friend Caroline predicts something bad. She does so that Norah and her friends will not be bored at night and they correct all her mistakes of youth.




The novel alludes to the most famous musician performers – Tina Turner, Louis Armstrong, The Beatles, Q and Not U, Julie Andrews, Kylie Minogue, etc.


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The novel has a parallelism of loyalty and betrayal. While Norah is Caroline’s true friend, Tris constantly betrays Nick and destroys their love and trust.

Metonymy and Synecdoche

“Time is always fucking me over”, once Norah says. It means that people, who are not punctual and waste their time, irritate her. She hates waiting.


Music personifies pacification and the desire to create. It is also our life, because the main characters cannot live without music.

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