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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in an interpreting theme and meaning in literature unit of a standard SAT subject test in literature course. Topics covered include:
- Close reading and big picture reading
- Reading strategies for constructing meaning
- Connotation and denotation
- Literary motifs
- Tone and mood in prose
- Symbolism and imagery
- Steps for analyzing a literary passage
1. 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.
2. Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose
In this lesson, learn the difference between the tone and the mood of a piece of prose. Explore examples of how tone and mood are conveyed by authors through word choice and telling details.
3. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage
In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples
This lesson explains the purpose behind various types of writing. In addition, author's purpose is defined using examples to illustrate the explanations.
7. The Importance of Being Earnest: Irony & Satire Themes
'The Importance of Being Earnest' is a comedic play written by Oscar Wilde. The story is filled with satire and irony regarding the lives of people in Victorian society. Learn more about the play and test your knowledge with a quiz.
8. Third Person Omniscient Narrator: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will define third person omniscient. We will then discuss why an author would use this point of view and then look at examples in modern and classical literature.
9. What is Parallelism in Literature? - Definition & Examples
Parallelism is a device used to make moments in literature memorable and alluring. Learn what makes parallelism such a powerful tool and read some famous literary examples.
10. Heart of Darkness & Apocalypse Now: Comparison
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is a short novel published in 1899. Apocalypse Now is an epic 1979 film by Francis Ford Coppola set during the Vietnam War. What do they have in common? Come up the river with me a little ways, and let's find out!
11. Now Is The Winter Of Our Discontent: Meaning, Overview
Perhaps no author is quoted more than William Shakespeare. Perhaps no Shakespeare quote is more popular than 'Now is the winter of our discontent.' Learn about the famous quote and both the real and fictionalized versions of King Richard III.
12. Song by John Donne: Summary & Analysis
'Song' by John Donne might sound like an innocent piece of poetry, but it definitely touches on a sordid subject. Find out what that is in this lesson. Below, you'll explore a synopsis of the poem and see it analyzed.
13. What is External Conflict in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn how a conflict drives a story. External conflicts are examined with examples from classic and modern literature to demonstrate the concepts.
14. Leitmotif in Literature: Definition & Examples
We've all seen them time and again, but you might not know what they're called or what they really do. Never fear! In this lesson, you'll learn all about leitmotifs and get to see them employed in some famous literary examples.
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Other chapters within the SAT Literature: Help and Review course
- Reading and Understanding Essays in Literature: Help and Review
- Figurative Language in Literature: Help and Review
- Language and Sentence Structure: Help and Review
- Writing Structure & Organization in Literature: Help and Review
- Literary Genres: Help and Review
- Poetry Terms & Types: Help and Review
- Drama: Help and Review
- Literary Periods in American History: Help and Review
- Analyzing American Literature: Help and Review
- Prominent Plays & Playwrights: Help and Review
- American Novelists: Help and Review
- Periods in English Literature: Help and Review
- Authors & Works from English Literature: Help and Review