Story within a story

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A story within a story, also rendered story-within-a-story, is a literary device or conceit in which one story is told during the action of another story. Mise en abyme is the French term for a similar literary device (also referring to the practice in heraldry of placing the image of a small shield on a larger shield). A story within a story can be used in novels, short stories, plays, television, films, poems, music, and even philosophy.

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Types

Stories within stories can be of these types:

Sometimes with type 2, someone completes the inner story in the real world: see #From story within a story to separate story.

Types of nested story

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