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Examples of Key Literary Terms Essay

Farce: A comedy; a short play, in which both sub­tle humor and hilarity are developed through improbable situations, exaggeration and (often) ridiculous antics.

The example in our text was: I’m going! A comedy in one act, there was never a doubt that Henri was going to the races from the very start, no matter what Jeanne (Henri’s wife) had to say. The comedy behind this was Henri and Jeanne arguing back and forth about Henri going to the races without Jeanne, then a sudden twist when Jeanne finally decided that she would go visit her friend (Juliette) and Henri could go to the race. Well, then Henri didn’t want Jeanne to do that so he would not leave until Jeanne told him she would stay home alone. This demonstrated (Farce) because the author used humor and ridiculous antics throughout his play.

Imagination: 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.

The example given in our text for Imagination was: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Walter had a very vivid imagination, throughout his story he was a commander in an 8 engine Navy hydroplane, a famous surgeon helping a friend of President Roosevelt, an accused witness in a court room trial, a captain in a war plane and finally finds himself fearlessly facing a firing squad; all while driving his wife to the city and waiting for her to have her hair done. This story demonstrated a lot of artistic expression, and you could almost get lost in what was actually real and what was imagined.

Image: A distinct representation of some­thing that can be experienced and understood through the senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste), or the representation of an idea. Writers use precise language in developing images, or imagery, in literature.

The example given for Image in our text was: Dog’s Death. The family dog was sick and no one noticed until it was too late as the dog died on the way to the vet. Upon the family returning home they notice diarrhea across the kitchen floor where the dog had tried to use the paper they had lay on the floor for it. This demonstrated (image) through the sense of sight, even though the dog had died, what it had left behind was a very sad reminder of it.

Song: A lyrical musical expression, a source of emotional outlet common in ancient communi­ties and still influential in contemporary culture.

The example given for (song) in our text was: Dream Boogie. Basically it is a song, songs and music are expressions of what people are feeling and since we are all human we often have many of the same feelings as others. My son is a song writer and he mostly writes depressing love songs because of all the girls that have done him wrong. I can relate to his music because of all the men that have done me wrong.

Clugston, R. W. (2010). Journey into literature. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.


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