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Literature Analysis & Interpretation - Chapter Summary
This chapter is designed to enhance and assess your ability to analyze and interpret literature. Explore entertaining lessons from your smartphone, computer or tablet to gain greater insight into the characteristics of literature and many ways to analyze literary works. Once you've reviewed the lessons, you will be ready to:
- Demonstrate how to analyze plot, characters in literature, and theme development in a text
- Define and describe setting, narrator, flashback, archetype, symbolism and allusion in literature
- Show how to find the theme or central idea and interpret figurative language in fiction
- Share the meaning of a literary motif and foreshadowing
- Analyze dialogue, and discuss tone and mood in a reading passage
Lessons in this chapter are available as both videos and full transcripts. Watch the videos to examine literature analysis and interpretation concepts with help from fun visual effects. Review the full transcripts if you prefer to read your lessons. Each lesson features a short quiz you can use to assess your comprehension of topics covered. A chapter exam is also available to reinforce lesson concepts.
1. 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.
2. How to Analyze Characters in Literature: Explanation and Examples
In this lesson, we will learn to analyze characters in literature by comprehending, interpreting and drawing conclusions about each character. We will look at a story to practice analyzing characters.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions
Learn how point of view, or the angle from which a story is told, impacts the narrative voice of a work of literature. Explore, through examples, how point of view can be limited, objective, or omniscient.
8. Practice Analyzing Dialogue
Secrets, revelations, and dramatic moments often unfold through important conversations. So when we are reading a novel, short story, or play, we need to be able to analyze dialogue to understand its purpose and importance.
9. 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.
10. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions
Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.
11. 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.
12. Archetype in Literature: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we'll learn about archetypes in literature, those recurring situations or character types that we immediately connect with. After we consider a full definition of an archetype and many possible examples, you'll be sure to spot one in your next book or movie.
13. What is Symbolism in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples
Symbolism is a literary element used in literature to help readers understand a literary work. Learn more about the definition of symbolism and the different types of symbolism used in literature, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
14. Allusion in Literature - Definition & Examples
Sometimes it's easier for a writer to explain an idea by making a reference to a famous story, person, event, or object. This reference is called an allusion, and in this lesson, you will learn what an allusion is and read several examples from literature.
15. 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.
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