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Ch 4: Fiction Analysis

About This Chapter

Take a walk through the field of fiction with this informative chapter. Learn about fiction types, setting, plot, theme, style and more. Use the quick multiple-choice quizzes to map your progress.

Fiction Analysis - Chapter Summary

Take a look at the important facets of fictional literature, like foreshadowing, character, dialogue, flashback, point of view, tone and figurative language. With this chapter, you can also dig deeper into how dialect and figures of speech can affect fiction's style. By the time you're finished, the following topics should be clear:

  • Prose and types of fiction
  • Importance of settings, characterization and plot.
  • Foreshadowing and flashbacks
  • Various points of view in fiction
  • Literature themes
  • Making inferences and interpreting figurative language
  • Interpretation of tone in fiction

Our qualified instructors will guide your review of fiction through engaging video lessons with fun graphics. Brief quizzes and a chapter test are self-assessing and can help you pinpoint any areas requiring more work. Watch the videos as many times as you like, or use the handy video tags to locate just the right spots in the presentations.

14 Lessons in Chapter 4: Fiction Analysis
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character

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.

What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

2. What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

In this lesson, we will learn about fiction. We'll take a close look at its definitions and its types and explore the difference between literary and commercial fiction.

Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

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.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

4. 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.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

5. 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

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.

Plot Techniques in American Fiction: Definition and Examples

7. Plot Techniques in American Fiction: Definition and Examples

A novel's plot involves more than just what happens in the story. Authors employ a number of techniques, including foreshadowing, red herrings, backstory, and B-plots to enrich their stories.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

8. 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.

Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

9. Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

In this lesson, we will explore point of view in fiction. We will learn about several possible points of view (first person, second person, and third person) and practice identifying them.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

10. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

Understanding a story's theme is critical to deciphering an author's message in a particular piece of writing. In this lesson, we will examine the idea of theme and look at some examples in actual literary works.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

11. 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

12. 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.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

13. 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.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

14. 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.

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