Genre: Term to Identify Literary Categories

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All three types of literature are examples of the word genre. Genre can be used as a broad term to identify certain literary categories such as story, poem, or play. It can also be used for more specific categorization under a broad term. With these stories we have examples from the genre of satire, which can be further broken down into the genres story, poem, or play. All three types of literature are examples of imagination. From our reading we know that imagination is defined as “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” (Clugston, 2010). I was able to identify with Walter Mitty in James Thurber’s story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. I often find myself daydreaming and quite often it happens while someone is droning on in my ear. Such as Mrs. Mitty does in the story. I also think a specific and literal use of imagination is the Mitty’s daydream scenarios. After reading the play “I’m Going! A Comedy in One Act” I decided it was the best example of the term farce. Our text tells us that a farce is defined as “A comedy; short play in which both subtle humor and hilarity are developed through improbable situations, exaggeration and (often) ridiculous antics” (Clugston, 2010). While I prefer Neil Simon and his brand of theatrical satire I was able to find humor in the interactions and dialogue of Henri and Jeanne. This may have been considered sensational and over the top in 1915, but it’s tame by today’s standards. I am familiar with the writings of Robert Frost, and the poem “The Road Not Taken” is one of my favorites. In this poem we find the perfect example of symbolism. We learn in our text that the definition of symbol is “A word picture that presents an object, person, or action that conveys two meanings: its own literal meaning and something it stands for as...
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