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context of interpretation
the factors that can influence a reader of a text, such as time, place and personal experience
suspension of disbelief
the demand made that the reader accept the incidents recounted in the literary work
copying the real world in literature and artmo
Paradox of fiction
refers to the apparent contradiction of a reader empathising with a fictional character even though they know the character is not real
A cultural movement embracing human empowerment and rejecting traditionalism as outdated. Rationality, industry, and technology were cornerstones of progress and human achievement.
Context of composition
the factors that influence a writer when creating a text such as time, place, personal experience
a major category or type of literature
A trend or pattern of shared beliefs or practices that mark an approach to literature (e.g., Realism, Naturalism, Romanticism).
That quality of a story that gives readers and actors a deeper understanding about the human condition and human spirit just through experiencing the story. Usually, the story's protagonist must face and triumph over internal and external obstacles.
Fiction that provides light entertainment and (or) opportunities for the reader to 'escape' from difficult truths that face him in actual reality.
the opposite of escape fiction, this type of writing has meaningful, usually realistic plots, conflicts, settings, and characters. It illuminates the human condition.
An internal or psychological conflict arises as soon as a character experiences two opposite emotions or desires - usually virtue and vice, or good and evil - inside him. This disagreement causes the character to suffer mental agony, and it develops a unique tension in a storyline, marked by a lack of action.
External conflict, on the other hand, is marked by a characteristic involvement of an action wherein a character finds himself in struggle with those outside forces that hamper his progress. The most common type of external conflict is where a protagonist fights back against the antagonist's tactics that impede his or her advancement.
Setting the scene. The writer introduces the character and setting, prividing description and background
Events leading up to the climax
Most exciting moment of the story; turning point
Events after the climax, leading to the resolution
an outcome; result
The unreliable character
limited third person
The narrator is outside the story, but tells the story from the vantage point of only ONE character; the narrator can enter the mind of this chosen character but cannot tell what any other characters are thinking except by observation
objective third person
the narrator knows or reveals nothing about the characters' internal thoughts, feelings, and motivations but sticks to the external facts of the story
Narration that occurs through dialogue, not from the narrator
a story within a story
a narrator whose account of events appears to be faulty, misleadingly biased, or otherwise distorted
use of the present tense to describe past events
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