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Literary Elements & Devices - Chapter Summary
In these video and text lessons, you'll review literary devices and elements and how they're used so you can get the most out of what you read. Lessons cover the steps needed to analyze plots, the different methods used in characterization and the importance of the setting in literature. You can watch an entire video lesson or skip directly to just one section by using the video tabs feature. Test preparation is easy with our multiple-choice lesson quizzes and chapter test. This chapter is designed to help you:
- Give examples of literary devices
- Analyze plot
- Define a character trait and explain methods of characterization
- Explain what character motivation is
- State the importance of setting and describe how setting shapes the plot and characters
- Detail how story elements shape one another and interact
- Discuss how universal theme is used in literature
- Name some literary words used for tone and mood
1. Literary Devices: Definition & Examples
This lesson studies some of the more common literary devices found in literature. Devices studied include allusion, diction, epigraph, euphemism, foreshadowing, imagery, metaphor/simile, personification, point-of-view and structure.
2. How to Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples
In this lesson, we will discuss how to analyze a plot in three basic steps. We will take these three steps and break them down to understand how to analyze a plot by analyzing a fable.
3. Methods of Characterization in Literature
In this lesson, we'll examine five methods of characterization, including physical description, action, inner thoughts, reactions, and speech. An excerpt from a brief narrative is provided to show how authors use the various methods of characterization to develop characters and create images for the audience.
4. What is a Character Trait? - Definition & Examples
This lesson will assist you in identifying, developing and understanding character traits through analysis. It will allow you to explore how character traits can be found and applied to different forms of literature and real-life scenarios.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. How Setting Shapes the Characters & Plot
You have probably learned the definition of setting in literature, but do you know how important it can be to a story? This lesson describes how a setting can influence the plot, the tone, the theme, and the characters.
8. How Story Elements Interact & Shape One Another
Story elements are not just individual parts of a story that function on their own. In this lesson, we explore the basic elements of a story and how they interact and shape one another to affect the story.
9. Universal Theme: Definition & Examples
This lesson will define universal theme and give you examples you can refer to in order to identify universal themes in other pieces of literature. At the end, you'll be able to test your understanding through a quiz.
10. Tone & Mood Literary Words: Definitions & Examples
Tone and mood are two important literary terms that shape the message of a piece of writing. In this lesson, we'll review examples of each to gain a better understanding of their definitions and usage.
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