Introduction to Literature exam 1

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first person"I" and "Me" standpoint. Personal perspective.second characterConstantly uses "YOU" The author could be talking to the audience, which we could tell by the use of 'you"third personNarrator is not a character, but sees the world through only one character's eyes and thoughts use them, they, he, she EXunreliable narratora narrator whose account of events appears to be faulty, misleadingly biased, or otherwise distortedproscenium stageThe proscenium of a theater stage is a structure in front of the stage that frames the action of the play.thrust stagea theater stage that extends out into the audience's part of a theater and has seats on three sidesArena Stagea performance space in which the audience sits all around the stage; sometimes called in-the-roundstage directionsan instruction in the text of a play, especially one indicating the movement, position, or tone of an actor, or the sound effects and lighting.ComedyComedy is a literary genre and a type of dramatic work that is amusing and satirical in its tone, mostly having a cheerful ending.TragedyA drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with unfavorable circumstancestragic heroA literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedyFoilA character who is in most ways opposite to the main character (protagonist) or one who is nearly the same as the protagonist. The purpose of the foil character is to emphasize the traits of the main character by contrast onlypoetryliterary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythmnarrative poetryNarrative poetry is a form of poetry that tells a story, often making the voices of a narrator and characters as well; the entire story is usually written in metered versedramatic poetryDramatic poetry is any play or scence in which the characters use poetry, whether blank or metrical, in their dailogues or monologues.Lyric poetryLyric poetry is a formal type of poetry which expresses personal emotions or feelings, typically spoken in the first personline poetryA line is a unit of language into which a poem or play is divided, which operates on principles which are distinct from and not necessarily coincident with grammatical structures, such as the sentence or single clauses in sentences.Stanzastanza is a division of four or more lines having a fixed length, meter, or rhyming scheme.Emjambmenta thought or sense, phrase or clause, in a line of poetry that does not come to an end at the line break, but moves over to the next line. In simple words, it is the running on of a sense from one couplet or line to the next without a major pause or syntactical break.DictionA style of speaking or writing, determined by the choice of words by a speaker or a writer.SyntaxThe arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language. Syntax in literature refers to the way in which words and sentences are placed together.Fictional storyA work of fiction is created in the imagination of its author. The author invents the story and makes up the characters, the plot or storyline, the dialogue and sometimes even the setting.PlaysA play is form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of dialogue or singing between characters, intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading.Literary CanonThe term "literary canon" refers to a body of books, narratives and other texts considered to be the most important and influential of a particular time period or place. Take a 19th century American literature course, for instance.ThemeTheme is defined as a main idea or an underlying meaning of a literary work, which may be stated directly or indirectly."How to Fight Monsters":​ "My name is Junior," I said. "And my name is Arnold. It's Junior and Arnold. I'm both." What is the author juxtaposing here? What does this juxtaposition reveal about Junior's conflict?Names are closely linked to and help symbolize identity. Junior's two names symbolize his two worlds all that is different and unfimilar about them.Love Lessons in a Time of Settler Colonialism": ​Winder begins her poem with a quotefrom Leanne Simpson: "​I am not murdered, and I am not missing, but parts of me have beendisappeared.​" What does Simpson mean when she says "parts of me have beendisappeared"? Explain how this quote connects to the theme of identity in Winder'spoem.The Narrators culture has been ransacked by colonialism. Native americans had their culture oppresed and force to conform to the same as colonials culture without really being fully accpted. They were forced to value private property, christianity, and individualism. Their identity were heavily influenced by working together and spirtiualism."Recitatif":​ To what extent, if at all, does Maggie's race make a difference?They want to know the extent of sympathly and responsiblity to feel for Maggie treatment at the orphanage but in reality it does not Matter what her race was. Maggie is an outcast of society because of her disability and is a voicless victim no matter what her race was."Lusus Naturae":​ An important stylistic aspect of the story is the first-person narration. Consider why Atwood chose to tell the story from the perspective of the ​lusus naturae​, and speculate as to how the story would be different if told from another character's perspective or from an omniscient, third-person perspective (i.e., the reader is told the inner thoughts of all the characters)The first person point of view is used to hear the main chacter's inner monologue. We learn from that monoluge that she was wind and why she did what she did. The story would be much more confusing and would not have flowed as well. Seeing it from the mother's or sister perspective would have made us see the girl as a beast or monster and never showing just how kind she is.Fences:​What might the fence come to stand for or symbolize in the play? What mightFences​, plural, be a more apt title than ​The Fence​?They chose the title Fences and not the fence because each character has a fence that is either blocking them from their goals or is using a fence to keep things away from them. I see it as barrier African american must just to get half of what whites already were given in the US. Troy and Cory use a fences to block the reality they are a product of their fathers and hold similarites to them. Rose is forced into this Wife role and forced to stay with troy because of the fences that block women from getting decent jobs or using their voice back then.