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- Look at examples of motifs, symbolism and imagery used in literature.
- Understand metaphors and similes.
- Discover types of irony.
- Compare illusion and allusion.
- Look for various types of foreshadowing in literature.
- Study apostrophe and personification.
- Examine types of narrators used in literature.
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. 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.
3. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types
Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.
4. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples
Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.
5. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions
Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.
6. Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples
Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.
7. Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples
Learn about cliches, paradoxes, and equivocations, and how they can weaken or strengthen certain types of writing. Explore examples of all three from literature and daily life.
8. Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples
In this lesson, explore how writers use personification to give human characteristics to objects, ideas, and animals. Learn about apostrophe, or when characters speak to objects, ideas, and even imaginary people as if they were also characters.
9. 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.
10. Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples
Learn about allegories and how stories can be used to deliver messages, lessons or even commentaries on big concepts and institutions. Explore how allegories range from straightforward to heavily-veiled and subtle.
11. 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.
12. Ambiguity in Literature: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will define ambiguity and discuss how our everyday conversations may be ambiguous. We will also look at ambiguity in literature, including why an author may choose to use it as a literary device and how it may affect the audience.
13. Fable in Literature: Definition & Examples
What do lions, tigers, and bears have to do with learning how to be a better human? Find out when you read this lesson on fables and look at a few examples of this ancient literary genre.
14. Suspense in Literature: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will discover the importance of suspense in creating a captivating story. You will learn several techniques authors use to create suspense and review examples.
15. Tragicomedy: Definition & Examples
Have you ever read a book or watched a movie that made you laugh and cry? Chances are it was a tragicomedy. Keep reading to find out more about this unique form of drama and read about a few examples.
16. What is a Footnote? - Examples & Styles
In this lesson, you will learn how to use a footnote in literary writing. You will also learn about the different styles of writing when inserting a footnote into your piece of writing.
17. What is Essay Critique? - Definition & Examples
This lesson explains what it means to critique an essay in an academic setting, and it also sets forth an example of how to critique essays thoroughly and thoughtfully.
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