Ch 5: Prose

About This Chapter

Watch online video lessons, and learn about the form of writing referred to as prose. These lessons can help you learn more about analyzing and interpreting this type of literature.

Prose - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Do you have a difficult time with literary terminology? Does the term prose confound you? If so, this may be the chapter that can help you. This chapter focuses on prose. If you don't quite know what that is, then don't worry because we have a full lesson dedicated to explaining what it is and touching on some important terms that you should know when studying prose. Our lessons will also dive into discussions on various types of prose, such as fables, satires and novels. Some of the specific things that you will find in this chapter include:

  • The meaning of tone in prose
  • The difference between a novel and a short story
  • How parables relate to folktales
  • The epistolary form of fiction explained
  • Types of humorous writing

VideoObjective
What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing, Tone & Character Get an overview of what prose is and how it makes use of foreshadowing, tone and character.
Types of Fiction: Novels, Novelettes & Short Stories Study how a novel, novelette and short story differ.
The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples Look at how a fable differs from a folktale.
Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms Explore the epistolary form of fiction and how it differs slightly from diary-based fiction.
Satire, Parody or Spoof: Types of Humorous Writing Take a look at humor in writing, and discuss the difference between satire, parody and plain humor.

6 Lessons in Chapter 5: Prose
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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.

Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose

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.

The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

3. The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

In this lesson, learn about fables, folktales, myths and legends, stories that entertain and serve instructive or educational purposes. Discover how these types of stories differ from one another and about their prevalence throughout the world.

Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

4. Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

In this lesson, you will discover that prose writing can take on different formats, from letters and diary entries to newspaper clippings and interviews. Explore how writers of both non-fiction and fiction tell stories through these different forms.

Satire, Parody, or Spoof: Types of Humorous Writing

5. Satire, Parody, or Spoof: Types of Humorous Writing

Learn about how writers use satire, parody and spoof to make their readers laugh and think. Explore how these forms mock the conventions of specific literary works and genres.

Required Assignments Reminder

6. Required Assignments Reminder

Sorry for the interruption to your course progress! We wanted to make sure you knew this course has a written assignment requirement in order to be completed. Read on to learn where to find these assignments and how to submit them.

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