Ch 1: Events & Characterization in Literature

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Refresh your understanding of how to interpret and identify events and characters in literature with this fun chapter. Whether you're studying for an assessment test or getting ready for a big essay assignment, the text and video lessons in this course can help you get ahead.

Events & Characterization in Literature - Chapter Summary

In this engaging chapter, our instructors provide tips and information about how to interpret and infer information presented in a literary text. They give you examples of flashbacks and how they're used in literature. You also read about the literary device of direct characterization and how it differs from indirect characterization, which is also covered in full. Once you have worked through these lessons, you will be able to:

  • Locate information in a complex narrative
  • Identify the beginning, middle and end of a story
  • Understand why character motivation is the key to a believable story

Review our text and video lessons as many times as you need to in order to master these topics. The self-assessment quizzes included with each lesson help you identify which lessons you might need to focus on ahead of a test or assignment. If you'd rather watch only one portion of a video, use the video tabs feature to skip ahead to whichever section you'd like to see. Our printable transcripts make handy study guides you can take with you anywhere.

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Events & Characterization in Literature
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Locating Information in a Narrative: Lesson for Kids

1. Locating Information in a Narrative: Lesson for Kids

Telling stories can be a form of art. You've probably heard people tell boring stories you couldn't wait to end, while other stories get you so involved you don't want them to end. In this lesson, you will learn the parts of a superb narrative.

Sequence of Events in a Narrative: Lesson for Kids

2. Sequence of Events in a Narrative: Lesson for Kids

When you read, it is important to be able to retell the events in a story. Those events need to be retold in the correct order for the story to make sense. In this lesson, you'll learn how to sequence events in a narrative.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

3. What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in identifying and understanding the components of flashbacks found in literature. See examples of flashbacks, and then test your understanding through a quiz.

Direct Characterization: Definition & Examples

4. Direct Characterization: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn how an author directly establishes characterization. Unlike a lot of other literary devices, direct characterization is fairly easy to spot. Check your understanding of the lesson with a short quiz at the end.

Indirect Characterization: Definition & Examples

5. Indirect Characterization: Definition & Examples

In children's stories, the author might directly describe a character as either 'evil' or 'kind-hearted.' But in more advanced works, the author usually describes how characters behave to show their personality. This is an example of indirect characterization, which is the focus of this lesson.

Character Motivation: Definition & Examples

6. Character Motivation: Definition & Examples

What makes a character tick? In this lesson, we will examine the concept of character motivation and why it is so important in telling a believable story.

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