Examples of Key Literary Terms
Week 1 Discussion 2
Farce – A comedy; a short play, in which both subtle humor and hilarity are developed through impossible situations, exaggeration and (often) ridiculous antics. Example: Shakespeare used this structure in most of his comedies, sometimes introducing miraculous or supernatural incidents to order to end the play harmoniously in marriage festivities. Genre – A genre can be broken down in many categories of literature-prose, poetry, and drama-and specific types of literature within these categories. Example: From the text would be a story, poem, and play. Genre can determine whether a reader would be interest in or not. Some who likes horror as a movie distinct genre may not be interested in reading a romance or a person who enjoys reading fiction may not care for non-fiction. Image – A distinct representation of something that can be experience and understood through the senses which are sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste or the representation of an idea. Writers use precise language in developing images, or imagery in literature. Example: Image would be a type of picture that someone can visualize and can be interpreted such as the sun and moon eclipse. Imagination – the human power that shapes artistic expressions; it enables a writer’s work to become an expression of meaning in our world, and allows readers to engage in identify with what the writer’s work has to say about things that matter. Example: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber. This story is riddled with examples of imagination. During the second daydream where he believes he is a surgeon and the write describes the noise that starts coming from the anesthetizes machine as it starts to malfunction. We can image ourselves there hearing the machine go off. Being able to envision the scene through described sounds helps the reader become more engaged in what they are reading.
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