Literature Questions and Answers

Literature

Literature is also a form of time travel that helps put today in context. All those apocalyptic lamentations about how "things used to be so much better" are controverted in literature of the last...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2012 5:26 pm UTC

15 educator answers

Literature

Literature is one way for us to hear the voices of the past and work with the present. It is a way for the present to connect to the possible future. Story telling is one way for humans to reach...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2015 1:35 pm UTC

7 educator answers

Literature

A primary difference between academic and non-academic texts involves audience, which also speaks to purpose. An academic, nonfiction text will be based on research methods that can be replicated....

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019 2:30 pm UTC

4 educator answers

Literature

The poem “Identity” by Julio Noboa Polanco is an unrepentant celebration of individuality. Asserting himself against other people, whom he contemptuously likens to well-fed, well-watered flowers,...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2020 12:30 pm UTC

4 educator answers

Literature

The basic elements of prose are: character, setting, plot, point of view, and mood. Character refers to: biographical information; personality traits; social roles, and psychological factors such...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2016 7:22 pm UTC

1 educator answer

Literature

A novel is a book-length fictional prose narrative that contains six primary elements: character, plot, point of view, setting, style, and theme. Let's look at these six through a sample novel,...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2020 2:57 pm UTC

3 educator answers

Literature

"Olden days" is a fairly relative phrase. Some younger students might consider olden days any time before Instagram existed. They can't fathom a world that existed before cell phones and texting,...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018 11:28 pm UTC

2 educator answers

Literature

A literary convention is: A customary feature of a literary work, such as the use of a chorus in Greek tragedy, the inclusion of an explicit moral in a fable, or the use of a particular rhyme...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2017 6:25 pm UTC

3 educator answers

Literature

The main difference between the different forms of literature is the purpose and the way words are arranged. The main difference between prose and poetry is how the words are used. In prose we...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2013 6:57 pm UTC

1 educator answer

Literature

Dictionary.com defines myth this way: A traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation,...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020 7:03 pm UTC

3 educator answers

Literature

Drama is a broad category and includes plays as a macro category or can be a portion of a work in a sub heading. Whether discussed in the macro or micro realms, drama has some definite...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2015 8:38 pm UTC

3 educator answers

Literature

Medieval literature extends over a wide geographic area and a long span of time, so it is difficult to identify characteristics that apply to all or even most literature of the Middle Ages. That...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2020 4:13 pm UTC

4 educator answers

Literature

The main theme of Coolie is the exploitation of the poor by the rich in early twentieth century India and the human suffering that this brings about. In his descriptions of Munoo’s experiences...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2016 9:59 pm UTC

3 educator answers

Literature

In examining the terms "traditional" and "modern," literary scholars will differ on the defining time periods or characteristics which qualify those classifications. The following are provided as a...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2020 11:09 am UTC

4 educator answers

Literature

The simplest and most obvious point is that "humble" is an adjective or a verb, whereas "humility" is a noun. More significantly, however, "humble" is often used refer to social status, in phrases...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2019 8:09 am UTC

3 educator answers

Literature

Poetry is a form of writing in verse, which usually has a musical quality obtained through the specific use of literary elements such as meter and rhyme, and literary devices such as alliteration,...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2010 9:50 pm UTC

9 educator answers

Literature

Figures of speech enhance the author's creation. This is true of any genre and any form of writing. The effective use of figures of speech brings to life what would have been mere words, phrases...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2015 3:28 pm UTC

1 educator answer

Literature

The relationship between history and literature is complex and multifaceted. First, literature often presents historical people, places, and events in story form. Think, for instance, of the...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2021 10:24 pm UTC

9 educator answers

Literature

The primary similarities between a novel and a drama are that they both have plots, complete with rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution; they both have conflicts, characters, and...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2018 3:10 am UTC

2 educator answers

Literature

Certainly, one theme of the story is that we must be wary of strangers. Little Red Riding Hood meets the wolf in the forest, "but as she did not know what a bad sort of animal she was, she did not...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2020 12:22 am UTC

3 educator answers

Literature

In the science fiction short story "The Wretched and the Beautiful" by E. Lily Yu, an alien spaceship lands on a popular tourist beach. Inside are strangely shaped alien refugees (the wretched) who...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2020 5:09 pm UTC

3 educator answers

Literature

The basic characteristics of African English Literature are: 1) Written in both African and European languages. The predominant African languages used are Amharic, Zulu, Hausa, and Swahili. 2)...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2018 6:20 pm UTC

2 educator answers

Literature

In the short story "The Rain Came" by Grace Ogot, customs and traditional beliefs leave Oganda having to face death for her people to have rain. Oganda is to be sacrificed in order to end the...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2011 7:52 am UTC

1 educator answer

Literature

It sounds like what you may be referring to is, as the other instructor has pointed out, a frame story. Such stories start at the ending and then flash back in time to demonstrate how this pivotal...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2017 9:19 am UTC

2 educator answers

Literature

Prose refers to written or spoken language that is not in poetic form, whether in rhythm, rhyme, or structure. Drama is a performing art in which actors use dialogue and actions to tell a story or...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019 4:38 pm UTC

2 educator answers

Literature

Mahesh Dattani’s play Tara starts with a card game. A brother, Chandan, and sister, Tara, are playing cards, and Tara is winning. While things are going well for her in the card game, her life is...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2021 5:43 pm UTC

3 educator answers

Literature

You will recognize a simile (take care spelling simile as there is no extra i) when you see a comparison using the word "like" or a description of something using as....as when those two things...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2015 12:50 pm UTC

2 educator answers

Literature

The purpose of literary criticism likely depends on who’s answering the question. A person with a conservative philosophy could answer that studying literary criticism is nefarious and subversive....

Latest answer posted January 30, 2021 5:15 pm UTC

5 educator answers

Literature

Gynocriticism is a late-twentieth century feminist reframing of literary criticism. It began in the 1970s, and its aims include focusing on literature as understood wholly from a woman's...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2021 1:15 pm UTC

3 educator answers

Literature

One the most general level, most literature portrays people engaging in social interactions. Thus literature gives an image of society in words just as your bathroom mirror gives a reflected visual...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2017 8:39 am UTC

2 educator answers

Literature

Novels were a new literary form in the eighteenth century, and in many ways, they were a reaction against earlier tales called romances that featured grand adventures, noble characters, and...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021 4:38 pm UTC

4 educator answers

Literature

As graphic novels are by their very definition a blend of writing and illustration, it goes without saying that they will achieve a level of descriptiveness that a traditional novel will fall short...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2020 2:10 pm UTC

3 educator answers

Literature

"By Any Other Name" is the story of two young Indian sisters who start attending an Anglo-Indian school, having been taught up to this point by their mother. In summarizing this story, you'd need...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2021 5:17 pm UTC

3 educator answers

Literature

A biography is the true story of a person's life. An autobiography is the true story of a person's life when it is written by that person. The author writes about him- or herself in an...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016 6:47 am UTC

2 educator answers

Literature

This ancient Navajo proverb has begun to circulate recently as an inspirational quote. It is often used on online memes and printed on tote bags and so on. It can be interpreted in several ways,...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2018 9:03 am UTC

1 educator answer

Literature

Este cuento, "Los Bomberos" de Mario Benedetti, depende mucho de la ironía. El cuento se trata de un hombre llamado Olegario, quien tiene un don de premonición. Olegario ha ganado bastante fama y...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018 8:12 pm UTC

2 educator answers

Literature

As was mentioned in the previous post, the central themes throughout the short story examine justice, responsibility, discernment, and friendship. Both characters, Jumman Shaikh and Algu Chowdhry,...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2017 1:26 pm UTC

2 educator answers

Literature

Sometimes I think you can learn more from short stories than novels, simply because the author gets to his/her point much quicker and is more concise with descriptions. Authors don't write just to...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2014 2:46 am UTC

2 educator answers

Literature

The New York skyline is very much dominated by skyscrapers, such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the One World Trade Center. There are many metaphors that come to mind when...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2021 11:02 am UTC

3 educator answers

Literature

Beauty and the Beast is a well-known fairytale written by French author and novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, originally published in 1740. Another equally as popular publication is...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2020 12:22 pm UTC

5 educator answers

Literature

The difference between non-academic and academic writing can be important to you when you are doing research for a paper. It also will concern you if you are considering writing as a career. When...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2016 3:49 pm UTC

3 educator answers

Literature

In general, we read stories to learn about life, about the world around us, and about how people in the world react to their circumstances and experiences. Characters in stories help us see how...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2012 2:59 pm UTC

2 educator answers

Literature

Boiled down to its most basic definition, style refers to the way in which an author uses language in order to create the mood and meaning of a text. This could include his or her word choice,...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2018 8:33 pm UTC

2 educator answers

Literature

Early on, especially after the United States broke away from England, it began to self-consciously develop a literature different from the European tradition, one that emphasized American values to...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2021 2:20 pm UTC

3 educator answers

Literature

In Munshi Premchand's short story "The Child", Gangu, though a servant, is from the Brahmin caste and is generally regarded as a virtuous and a decent man, superior to other servants in habits as...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019 4:38 am UTC

1 educator answer

Literature

A winter's dayIn a deep and dark December This is an example of alliteration due to the repeated letter d. The same technique is used in a subsequent line—"On a freshly fallen, silent shroud of...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019 4:40 pm UTC

2 educator answers

Literature

When you use a specific style of criticism to approach a piece of literature, you are looking for ways the story relates to your style. In other words, when you use Approach X, you read the story...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2016 3:19 am UTC

2 educator answers

Literature

When linguists say that language is "rule-governed behavior," they mean it has a grammar, or a set of conventions that organizes its "proper" use. These rules set boundaries around the meaning of...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2016 1:16 pm UTC

2 educator answers

Literature

The main difference between Victorian and Modernist literature is the shift towards questioning the omniscient narrator. There was a shift from an objective (all knowing) to a subjective...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 8:56 pm UTC

4 educator answers

Literature

The Romantics didn't see the world in the same way as thinkers and artists of the Enlightenment. The latter tended to see the world as an object to be measured, studied, observed, and controlled...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2021 10:38 am UTC

6 educator answers

Showing 1-50 of 5218