Study notes for Final exam

  1. Archetype:
    A theme, motif, symbol, or stock character that holds a familiar and fixed place in a culture's consciousness. There could also be an archetypal setting, like is seen in story of the Flood. Archetype embodies some essential element of 'universal' human experience.
  2. Imagery:
    Language that brings to mind sense-impressions, especially via figures of speech. Sometimes, certain imagery is characteristic of a particular writer or work.
  3. Motif:
    A recurring structure, contrast, or other device that develops or informs a work's major themes. A motif may relate to concrete objects, or may be a recurrent idea, phrase, or emotion. In A Doll House Henrik Ibsen different types of letter were used through the play to help develop the plot and bring about tension in the conflict.
  4. Symbol:
    An object, character, figure, or color that is used to represent an abstract idea or concept. Unlike an emblem, a symbol may have different meanings in different contexts. In A Doll House, New Year's Day was a symbol of new directions in life for the characters.
  5. Theme:
    A fundamental and universal idea explored in a literary work. A major theme in The Divine Comedy; The Inferno, by Dante was the idea a man being on a spiritual journey.
  6. Tone:
    The general atmosphere created in a story, or the narrator's attitude toward the story or reader.
  7. The Hero's Quest:
    Contains five characteristics: The quester, a place to go, a state reason to go, challenges and trials en route, and a real reason to go. The real reason for a quest never involves the stated reason. More often than not, the hero fails at the stated reason. The real reason is always self-knowledge.
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Study notes for Final exam
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