Ch 7: Elements of Literature & Point of View

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You can watch the video lessons included in this chapter to learn about literary elements and point of view. These lessons are extremely helpful for memorizing important facts and definitions on this subject.

Elements of Literature & Point of View - Chapter Summary

The video lessons you can watch in this chapter contain helpful overviews of the main elements of literature and point of view. Watch these lessons to learn essential information about the different aspects of literature that you will need to know in order to read literary works more effectively.

The lesson instructors will provide you with the basic definitions and characteristics of each specific literary element. You will also get helpful examples that will allow you to better understand the concepts discussed in the lessons. Specific topics you will learn about include:

  • The definition, examples and types of metaphors
  • Literary symbolism and imagery
  • The history, definition and examples of allegory
  • The definition and examples of foreshadowing and literary motifs
  • Point of view
  • Types of literary narrators

Each video contains tags that will allow you to locate the key moments in each lesson without having to scroll from the beginning. You can also use the chapter's lesson transcripts to study these lessons away from your computer. Finally, be sure to answer the questions in the lesson quizzes and chapter exam to ensure that you have understood the major points on this subject.

7 Lessons in Chapter 7: Elements of Literature & Point of View
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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.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

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.

Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

3. 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.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

4. 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.

What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

5. 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.

Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

6. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

7. 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.

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