Examples of Key Literary Terms

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Farce: A comedy; a short play, in which both sub­tle humor and hilarity are developed through improbable situations, exaggeration and (often) ridiculous antics.

The example in our text was: I’m going! A comedy in one act, there was never a doubt that Henri was going to the races from the very start, no matter what Jeanne (Henri’s wife) had to say. The comedy behind this was Henri and Jeanne arguing back and forth about Henri going to the races without Jeanne, then a sudden twist when Jeanne finally decided that she would go visit her friend (Juliette) and Henri could go to the race. Well, then Henri didn’t want Jeanne to do that so he would not leave until Jeanne told him she would stay home alone. This demonstrated (Farce) because the author used humor and ridiculous antics throughout his play.

Imagination: The human power that shapes artistic expression; it enables a writer’s work to become an expression of meaning in our world, and allows readers to engage in identifying with what the writer’s work has to say about things that matter.

The example given in our text for Imagination was: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Walter had a very vivid imagination, throughout his story he was a commander in an 8 engine Navy hydroplane, a famous surgeon helping a friend of President Roosevelt, an accused witness in a court room trial, a captain in a war plane and finally finds himself fearlessly facing a firing squad; all while driving his wife to the city and waiting for her to have her hair done. This story demonstrated a lot of artistic expression, and you could almost get lost in what was actually real and what was imagined.

Image: A distinct representation of some­thing that can be experienced and understood through the senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste), or the representation of an idea. Writers use precise language in developing images, or imagery, in literature.

The example given for Image in our text was: Dog’s Death. The...
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