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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a literary terms unit of a standard ACT prep course. Topics covered include:
- Literary motifs
- Symbolism and imagery in literature
- Types of irony
- Allusion and illusion
- Personification and apostrophe
1. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme.
2. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples
In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.
3. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types
Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.
4. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples
Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.
5. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions
Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.
6. Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples
Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.
7. Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples
Learn about cliches, paradoxes, and equivocations, and how they can weaken or strengthen certain types of writing. Explore examples of all three from literature and daily life.
8. Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples
In this lesson, explore how writers use personification to give human characteristics to objects, ideas, and animals. Learn about apostrophe, or when characters speak to objects, ideas, and even imaginary people as if they were also characters.
9. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions
Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.
10. Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples
Learn about allegories and how stories can be used to deliver messages, lessons or even commentaries on big concepts and institutions. Explore how allegories range from straightforward to heavily-veiled and subtle.
11. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions
Learn how point of view, or the angle from which a story is told, impacts the narrative voice of a work of literature. Explore, through examples, how point of view can be limited, objective, or omniscient.
12. External Rhyme: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will review the definition of rhyme and why it is a common trait of poetry. Then you will further analyze one type of rhyme: external rhyme.
13. Implied Metaphor: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will review the metaphor as a figurative language device. More specifically, you will learn about the implied metaphor using examples to illustrate the concept.
14. Literary Fiction: Definition & Examples
Literary fiction is fiction that has value and merit in the social world. Learn about what makes fiction 'literary' through descriptions and famous examples.
15. Active Verbs: Definition & Examples
Whether in resumes, fiction, or essays, the best way to convey meaning is to use active verbs. In this lesson, we will learn why using active verbs is important to great writing and how to recognize the difference between active and passive verbs.
16. Comparative Form: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn what the comparative form is and how to use the comparative form to make your writing more interesting. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
17. Synecdoche in Literature: Definition & Examples
Learn more about synecdoche. How is it defined? How have legendary authors used it in their writing? Read on to explore how synecdoche functions in literature.
18. Tragic Irony: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will discover the importance of irony in literature. Then, you will look closer at a specific type of irony, tragic irony, and analyze examples.
19. Valorization: Definition & Social Role
'Valorization' might sound awfully romantic, but it's actually about growth of worth and the value of labor rather than 'valor'. Find out how to maximize your capital in this lesson, where you'll see valorization defined and discover its role in society.
20. What is a Dynamic Character? - Definition & Examples
This lesson provides an explanation of what a dynamic character is and explores some famous dynamic characters in literature, including Hamlet, Sherlock Holmes, Prince Hal, Harry Potter, and Neville Longbottom.
21. What is a Gist? - Definition & Overview
The ability to pinpoint a gist, or the central meaning of something, is a crucial skill in our communicative abilities. Learn more through a full definition and a lesson with examples. You can then examine your knowledge with a quiz.
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