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Strategies for Reading Fiction & Drama - Chapter Summary
It is not every day that you find a chapter full of video and text lessons that make subjects such as analysis of theme and character in drama, history of dramatic comedy and characteristics of literary tragedy fun. Our multiple-choice quiz questions provide a way to rapidly assess your recollection of the concepts. Additional subjects in this chapter include:
- Kinds of fiction, including novels and short stories
- Differences among fable, myth, legend, and folktale
- Definition of novels and literary devices
- Examples of flashback and symbolism in literature
- Definition of point-of-view
- Determining meaning through tone versus mood
- Definition of literary structure, subplot, dramatic irony, and suspense
Remember, you can use the video tags to skip to different subjects. Read the transcripts to locate key vocabulary words. The transcripts also contain interesting information about the instructors.
1. Characteristics of Oral Tradition in World Literature
Before books and writing, cultures passed along their history and heritage through oral storytelling traditions. Many classics of world literature, from 'The Iliad' to 'The Epic of Gilgamesh,' were passed down orally before being written down.
2. Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn what is meant by the term genre. In addition, the main types of literary genres will be described, with examples given for each.
3. Literary Elements: Definition, Types & Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn the basic elements, or parts, of literary texts. We'll look at examples of each kind of literary element, and you can check your understanding with a brief quiz.
4. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples
Understanding a story's theme is critical to deciphering an author's message in a particular piece of writing. In this lesson, we will examine the idea of theme and look at some examples in actual literary works.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Point-of-View: Definition & Examples
Find out what 'point of view' means and how it's used in literature. Learn about some points of view that are used less often, then test your knowledge with a brief quiz.
8. 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.
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