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Flashcards - Reading Strategies & Literary Analysis

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symbol
A symbol is a sign that represents, stands for or suggests another idea, visual image, belief, action or material entity
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plot
Plot refers to the sequence of events inside a story which affect other events through the principle of cause and effect
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metaphor
A metaphor is a figure of speech that refers, for rhetorical effect, to one thing by mentioning another thing
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genre
Genre is any category of literature, music, or other forms of art or entertainment, whether written or spoken, audio or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria
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characters
A character is the representation of a person in a narrative or dramatic work of art
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catharsis
Catharsis is the purification and purgation of emotions-especially pity and fear-through art or any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration
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atmosphere

The atmosphere is the feeling that one gets from the work. It is influenced by characters, background, setting, tone and by the literary devices used.

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allegory
As a literary device, an allegory in its most general sense is an extended metaphor
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tone
In literature, the tone of a literary work expresses the writer's attitude toward or feelings about the subject matter and audience
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mood
A mood is an emotional state
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mood
A mood is an emotional state
tone
In literature, the tone of a literary work expresses the writer's attitude toward or feelings about the subject matter and audience
allegory
As a literary device, an allegory in its most general sense is an extended metaphor
atmosphere

The atmosphere is the feeling that one gets from the work. It is influenced by characters, background, setting, tone and by the literary devices used.

catharsis
Catharsis is the purification and purgation of emotions-especially pity and fear-through art or any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration
characters
A character is the representation of a person in a narrative or dramatic work of art
genre
Genre is any category of literature, music, or other forms of art or entertainment, whether written or spoken, audio or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria
metaphor
A metaphor is a figure of speech that refers, for rhetorical effect, to one thing by mentioning another thing
plot
Plot refers to the sequence of events inside a story which affect other events through the principle of cause and effect
symbol
A symbol is a sign that represents, stands for or suggests another idea, visual image, belief, action or material entity
themes
In contemporary literary studies, a theme is the central topic a text treats
first person
A first-person narrative is a story from the first-person perspective: the viewpoint of a character writing or speaking directly about themselves
climax
The climax or turning point of a narrative work is its point of highest tension and drama, or it is the time when the action starts during which the solution is given
Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist
Close reading
In literary criticism, the term close reading describes the careful, sustained interpretation of a brief passage of a text
interpretation

Interpretation is filling in the pieces of the work that are not explicitly stated.

plot analysis

A plot analysis uses a plot diagram (the organization of a story into specific parts) to ask and answer questions about the plot of a story. Analyzing a story using a plot diagram and questions the reader develops helps the reader to better understand the story.

antagonist
An antagonist is a character, group of characters, institution, or concept that stands in or represents opposition against which the protagonist must contend
archetypes

The concept of an archetype appears in areas relating to behavior, modern psychological theory, and literary analysis

Imagery
Imagery, in a literary text, is an author's use of vivid and descriptive language to add depth to their work

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