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Ch 5: Elements of Literary Texts

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This chapter was developed by the Study.com team to provide information on the elements that are part of literary texts. Take a look at the use of inferences, fiction characterizations, the use and examples of settings, symbolism as a drama element, and identification of stage directions.

Elements of Literary Texts - Chapter Summary

You will be presented with short text and video lessons on how to use inference to communicate intended meaning in this chapter, along with meaning, parts and subplots as part of plot in fiction. Examine plot, setting, characters and symbolism as elements of drama.

Get to know what is what is meant by point-of-view along with a look at some examples. See information on comparing different versions of a text between literary adaptations. Additional topics are discussed in this chapter, including:

  • Locating the central idea or theme
  • Demonstration of understanding by summarizing information
  • Character roles and dialogue for characterization in fiction
  • Definition, importance and examples of setting in literature
  • Identification of stage directions as used in a drama
  • Definition and examples of rhythms in poetry
  • Meaning and examples of a rhyme scheme
  • Definition and examples of structure in literature

Track your progress as you go through these studies on your dashboard. A test at the end of the chapter will check you on your understanding of the main points contained in the lessons.

13 Lessons in Chapter 5: Elements of Literary Texts
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How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

1. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

2. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.

Summarizing Information to Demonstrate Understanding

3. Summarizing Information to Demonstrate Understanding

How can you show you comprehend what you have read? One strategy is to summarize information. This lesson discusses three methods for summarizing that can demonstrate reading comprehension.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

4. Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

In this lesson, we will talk about characters and characterization. We will explore the various types of characters, examine some methods of characterization, and pay special attention to the role of dialogue.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

5. Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

In this lesson, you'll review the important elements of a story. In particular, you'll learn about the components of the setting and its importance within the plot.

Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

6. Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

This lesson explores plot in fiction. We will define the term, explore the various parts of a plot (exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution), and learn about subplots.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

7. Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

Have you ever wondered how actors in a play can convey a story without the audience reading the script? Watch and learn how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story on the stage.

Identifying Stage Directions in a Drama

8. Identifying Stage Directions in a Drama

Plays don't only contain the words the characters say; they also have stage directions. In this lesson, you'll learn how to distinguish stage directions from dialogue and what the most common directions mean.

What is Rhythm in Poetry? - Definition & Examples

9. What is Rhythm in Poetry? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will explore the idea of rhythm, or beat, in poetry. Every poem that is not free verse has a type of rhythm. We also call that rhythm 'meter.' Rhythm is an important part of the structure of a poem.

What is a Rhyme Scheme? - Definition & Examples

10. What is a Rhyme Scheme? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will examine the topic of rhyme scheme in poetry. Rhyme scheme is a poet's strategy of choosing which lines in poetry will rhyme with each other. Rhyme scheme is purposeful on the poet's part, and it takes skill to achieve.

Structure in Literature: Definition & Examples

11. Structure in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn exactly what is meant by structure of literature. Some common methods of organization are provided. The main focus will explore the narrative structure of literature, using the popular story of Cinderella to help understand the various elements associated with this structure.

Point-of-View: Definition & Examples

12. Point-of-View: Definition & Examples

Find out what 'point of view' means and how it's used in literature. Learn about some points of view that are used less often, then test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

Literary Adaptations: Comparing Versions of a Text

13. Literary Adaptations: Comparing Versions of a Text

From ink to type, spoken to sung, the idea of the story morphs in each retelling. This lesson explores versions of Shakespeare's Hamlet as it transforms across different media: as a book, a song, and a movie.

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