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Ch 7: Fiction Analysis, Themes & Approaches

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Ensure you fully understand fiction themes, approaches and analysis using this engaging chapter. This comprehensive study guide is made up of video and text lessons to make studying for a test or completing your homework an enjoyable, flexible experience.

Fiction Analysis, Themes & Approaches - Chapter Summary

Our informative chapter is made up of lessons that outline fiction analysis, themes and approaches. When you review these lessons, you'll study the steps needed to analyze a literary passage, interpret literary meaning and identify characterization. Additional topics include the parts of a plot, the definition of setting and how tone can be interpreted in fiction. After completing this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Understand style in fiction
  • Interpret figurative language and draw inferences in fiction
  • Locate the central theme or idea
  • Analyze theme development
  • Connect the plot, themes and characters in a text
  • Understand how fiction incorporates themes from other works
  • Differentiate between different genres approach to themes and topics
  • Outline sources of modern fiction and how cultural experiences are reflected in world literature

Take your time as you complete these learning materials on your mobile phone, tablet or computer 24 hours a day. You can easily go back and review any topic in a video lesson using the video tabs feature in the Timeline. Then, make sure you've understood by taking the short quiz after each lesson. If at any time you need help, feel free to reach out to one of our instructors for assistance.

16 Lessons in Chapter 7: Fiction Analysis, Themes & Approaches
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How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

1. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

2. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

3. 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.

Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

4. 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.

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.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

6. Interpreting Tone in Fiction

This lesson will explore tone in fiction. We will define tone, talk about various types of tone, discuss how authors communicate tone, and practice identifying the tone of some writing samples.

Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

7. Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

In this lesson, we will explore style in fiction. We will define style and explore some of the elements writers use to create their own personal styles.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

8. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

9. Drawing Inferences in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss inferences in fiction. We will talk about what an inference is, learn how to make one and practice drawing inferences with some writing samples.

How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

10. 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.

Analyzing Theme Development in a Text: Characters, Setting & Plot

11. Analyzing Theme Development in a Text: Characters, Setting & Plot

Once you can identify the plot, setting, characters, and theme of a story, there's still more to consider. In this lesson, you'll get a sense of how all four of those terms function together to have an effect on the reader.

Connecting Characters, Plot & Themes in a Text

12. Connecting Characters, Plot & Themes in a Text

Plot, theme, and characters are elements in almost every story, book, and play. In this lesson, you'll learn how they work together to create an impact on the reader, and you can test your understanding at the end with a short quiz.

How Fiction Draws on Themes from Other Works

13. How Fiction Draws on Themes from Other Works

How do classic characters like Cinderella translate for our times? In this lesson, we'll discuss theme in literature, and you'll read about an example of how authors sometimes draw on themes from already existing works to appeal to contemporary audiences.

How Different Genres Approach Similar Themes & Topics

14. How Different Genres Approach Similar Themes & Topics

In this lesson, we will look at different versions of the classic story ''Romeo and Juliet.'' We will compare and contrast themes of forbidden love. Then, we will discover ways that people categorize stories into genres and mediums.

Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works

15. Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works

In this lesson, we're going to see how myths, traditional stories, and religious writings serve as sources for modern fiction. We'll define each of these and look at examples of modern interpretations.

Cultural Experiences in World Literature

16. Cultural Experiences in World Literature

When reading a book, do you ever think about the person behind the words? Where they came from and why they write? In this lesson we will learn how to analyze world literature to gain insight into different cultural perspectives.

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