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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- How can characterizations and foreshadowing provide meaning in prose?
- What is the difference between mood and tone in literature?
- How do the different types of fiction compare to each other?
- What unique literary features are found in fables, folktales, legends and myths?
- How can epistolary writing, such as letters and diaries, tell stories?
- Why do parodies, satires and spoofs make readers laugh?
1. What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character
This literature lesson will teach you the difference between prose and other writing. You'll also learn how to analyze characters and foreshadowing to better understand the author's intentions, theme, and underlying meanings.
2. Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose
In this lesson, learn the difference between the tone and the mood of a piece of prose. Explore examples of how tone and mood are conveyed by authors through word choice and telling details.
3. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories
Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.
4. Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms
In this lesson, you will discover that prose writing can take on different formats, from letters and diary entries to newspaper clippings and interviews. Explore how writers of both non-fiction and fiction tell stories through these different forms.
5. Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels: Summary & Characters
In this lesson, you'll learn about Lemuel Gulliver and the unusual characters he meets on his adventures as he travels to the different lands of Jonathan Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels.' End the lesson with a quiz to test your knowledge.
6. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann: Summary, Themes & Analysis
Whether this is your first encounter with 'Death in Venice' or you're coming back for another look, this lesson should have everything you need to help you take in Mann's artistic vision. Explore themes and see them analyzed, all after a revisit to the novella's highlights.
7. Defoe's Moll Flanders: Summary & Analysis
This lesson covers the adventurous plot of ''Moll Flanders,'' a novel by Daniel Defoe. You'll learn about the picaresque novel form and why the lessons of Moll Flanders still affect modern readers.
8. Edmund Burke: Philosophy, Works & Quotes
Would Edmund Burke have been a member of the 'Tea Party,' or could he even have been the GOP's next presidential candidate? Find out in this lesson when you learn more about the ideology and works of this fundamental but forgotten political theorist.
9. Fathers & Sons: Summary & Author
As with all things Ernest Hemingway wrote, his short story, ~''Fathers and Sons~'' is about more than its plot. This lesson looks at Hemingway's life and summarizes this autobiographical story.
10. Margaret Atwood: Biography, Poems & Books
During this lesson, we will learn about Margaret Atwood, a famous Canadian writer. First, we will take a look at her life. Then we will learn about her most famous poems and books. A short quiz will follow.
11. Prometheus Unbound by Shelley: Summary & Analysis
Whether you're new to the works of Percy Shelley or a returning reader, this lesson is sure to help you get to the heart (or liver) of one of his most notable pieces: 'Prometheus Unbound.' Keep reading to get a synopsis of the drama and see it analyzed.
12. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley: Summary & Analysis
Malcolm X is often thought of as the violent Civil Rights leader, but that is a simple way to define a complex man. Learn more about him, his background, and his philosophies on life, religion, and African-American civil rights in this summary of his autobiography.
13. The God of Small Things: Summary, Characters, Themes & Analysis
This lesson presents a comprehensive plot summary, as well as an analysis of characters and themes, of Arundhati Roy's Booker prize-winning novel, 'The God of Small Things.'
14. The Lady with the Dog: Summary & Setting
The protagonist of Anton Chekov's short story had to wait for days to find out who 'The Lady with the Dog' was, but you don't! Just take a few minutes to check out this lesson with a synopsis of the story and some information on its famous resort setting.
15. Themes in A Farewell to Arms
In this lesson, we will briefly examine the life of Ernest Hemingway and his writing accomplishments. We will then summarize his novel, 'A Farewell to Arms,' and focus on its major themes.
16. Two Kinds by Amy Tan: Summary & Characters
Amy Tan's short story 'Two Kinds' is a portrait of a mother and daughter locked in a battle between cultural identity and autonomy, which creates a lifetime of pain for both.
17. War & Peace: Themes & Analysis
War and Peace (1869) is a historic epic novel about the life Russian socialites at the beginning of the 19th century set against the backdrop of the French invasion of Russia. The book's major characters mirror the spiritual biography of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, as they search for the meaning of life and death in a world shaken by Napoleonic wars.
18. What is a Story Map? - Definition & Examples
A story map is a classroom strategy to assist students in learning the elements of literature. In this lesson, examples of various story maps will be shown, and we'll identify the strengths in each.
19. What is the Setting of a Story?
You may have learned about setting in elementary school, but the definition is actually a little more nuanced than just where a story takes place. This lesson explores differing aspects of setting and why it matters.
20. French Baroque Literature
The Baroque period in French Literature was dominated by writing for the stage, but also included poetry and prose fiction. This lesson will cover the general style of the Baroque as seen in written forms.
21. Baroque Literature in Mexico & Latin America
The era known as Baroque occurred between 1600 and approximately 1750. This pioneering period introduced an infusion of creativity and originality in the world of Mexican and Latin American literature.
22. Italian Baroque Literature
This lesson will provide an overview of the Italian Baroque age of literature. We will look at the characteristics of this literary age, as well as some prominent poets and dramatists to illustrate the styles and themes of the time.
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- AP English - Interpreting Literature: Help and Review
- Rhetorical Devices in AP English: Help and Review
- Types of Fiction
- Types of Nonfiction
- AP English - Types of Poetry: Help and Review
- AP English - American Literary Periods and Movements: Help and Review
- AP English - Examples of American Literary Analysis: Help and Review
- AP English - English Literary Periods and Movements: Help and Review
- AP English - Examples of English Literary Analysis: Help and Review
- Grammar Review in AP English: Help and Review
- AP English - Essay Basics - Types of Essay: Help and Review
- Essay Writing Conventions for AP English: Help & Review
- Beginning the Writing Process in AP English: Help and Review
- Writing & Structuring an Essay in AP English: Help and Review
- Writing Revision and Skill Development in AP English: Help and Review
- Reading Comprehension for Test-Taking
- About the AP English Literature Test