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Ch 3: Figurative Language in Literature: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Figurative Language in Literature chapter of this SAT Literature Help and Review course is the simplest way to master figurative language in literature. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of figurative language in literature for the SAT.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering material for the SAT subject test in literature will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn literature concepts for the SAT. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding figurative language methods and types
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about figurative language in literature for the SAT
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra literature learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Figurative Language in Literature chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Figurative Language in Literature chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about figurative language in literature. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a figurative language in literature unit of a standard SAT subject test in literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Types of metaphors
  • Narrators in literature
  • Allusion and illusion examples
  • Types of irony
  • Clichés, paradoxes and equivocations
  • Personification examples
  • Foreshadowing types
  • Similes in literature
  • Active and passive voice
  • Style, tone and point of view

13 Lessons in Chapter 3: Figurative Language in Literature: Help and Review
What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

1. 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.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

2. 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.

Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

3. 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.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

4. 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.

Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

5. 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.

Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

6. 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.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

7. 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.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

8. 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.

Active and Passive Voice

9. Active and Passive Voice

No one likes a passive person, so why should you write in the passive voice? You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice' You may have even been told not write in the former. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to cludgy passive sentences into bright, active ones.

How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

10. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.

Either/Or Fallacy: Examples & Overview

11. Either/Or Fallacy: Examples & Overview

This lesson examines the either/or logical fallacy, whereby a party in an argument characterizes a complex problem as having only two possible solutions.

since feeling is first Poem by e.e. cummings: Analysis and Interpretation

12. since feeling is first Poem by e.e. cummings: Analysis and Interpretation

You might not know where to start with 'since feeling is first', but its title is already trying to tell you! Find out what else this poem by e.e. cummings has to say in this lesson with an analysis and interpretation of this short but poignant work.

Prolepsis in Literature: Definition & Examples

13. Prolepsis in Literature: Definition & Examples

By the end of this lesson, you'll know everything you need to know about prolepsis. Keep reading to learn more about this literary device and how it works through some examples.

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