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What are the literary terms ?  Explain with examples.I have a quiz on literary...

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jacobj48 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 27, 2010 at 4:47 AM via web

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What are the literary terms ?  Explain with examples.

I have a quiz on literary terms with relevant examples.Ex:

Plot, structure,Characterization theme,point of view,allegory,symbol,Fantasy,magic realisam,humor,Irony,Critical perspetive,Critical ana lysis,critics,Literary fiction,Comercial Fiction,Happy ending ,Tragedy,Unhappy ending.

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 27, 2010 at 7:44 AM (Answer #1)

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Consider using a dictionary for literary terms to help you find the terms that you need, but for now, here are some examples of the terms that you have listed:

Plot--the sequence of events in a story (in Chopin's "The Story of an Hour," the plot sequence follows the news of Brently's death, Louise's longing for freedom, Josephine begging Louise to pull herself together, Brently returning home, and Louise dying)

Structure--the form of a piece of writing (poetic structures include sonnets, ballads, villanelles)

Characterization--the methods employed by a writer to create and develop a character (may be done directly or indirectly)

Point of View--the narrative voice that tells the story (stories that use "I" are written in first-person)

Allegory--a text that is a symbol for another event (Animal Farm is a popular allegory about the Russian Revolution)

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peanut11188 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 27, 2010 at 8:46 AM (Answer #2)

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 symbol: is using an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning. Example the bird of night (owl is a symbol of death)

Irony: is an implied discrepancy between what is said and what is meant. Example A fine thing indeed!" he muttered to himself.



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peanut11188 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 27, 2010 at 9:12 AM (Answer #3)

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Fantasy: literature that is removed from reality--especially poems, books, or short narratives set in nonexistent worlds, Example:  R. R. Tolkien's synthetic histories in The Silmarilion, Michael Moorcock's The Dreaming City, or the books in Stephen R. Donaldson's series, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever.

critical perspective: allows the viewer to use the information learned about a medium, its practitioner and the image produced to make more general comments about the society that accepts or rejects the images

Critical Anylasis: is subjective writing because it expresses the writer's opinion or evaluation of a text


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brandih | eNotes Employee

Posted June 28, 2010 at 3:19 AM (Answer #4)

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