Study Guide for Literature

 

Title of Work: _______________________________________ [short gets “ears,” long gets line which =s italics]

Author: _____________________________________________

Genre: ______________________________________________ [Consider: novel, play, short story, comedy, tragedy, memoir, fable, myth, poem, epic, bildungsroman]

 

Setting: (Time, place) ______________________________________________________________________

How does the setting impact the theme? The mood? Is it symbolic? Other remarks? _________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Characters. [Consider: protagonist, antagonist, foil, archetype, static vs. dynamic, hero, anti-hero, modern hero, symbolism]

Character

Characterized As…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brief Summary. In a few sentences, describe the key/pivotal points of the work.

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Theme(s). What is the author’s message? Explain how you know. [Consider: moral, universal truth, motif, setting, conflict, archetype] _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Conflict(s). What are the obstacles? How do they help develop the theme(s)? Remember: “___ wants ___ but ____.” [Consider: paradox, exposition, rising action, climax, denouement, resolution, man vs. man/nature/God/self/machine/society]

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Point of View/Narration. How does it impact the theme(s)? [Consider: diction, reliability, dialect, sarcasm, 1st or 3rd person, omniscient or partial omniscient] ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Literary Techniques

Analyze how the following are used to develop the theme(s). Some may be present, others not. Use your literary terms glossary to define terms you don’t know.

 

imagery, foreshadowing, symbolism, irony, flashback, parallelism, simile, metaphor, personification, oxymoron, hyperbole, alliteration, juxtaposition, apostrophe, allegory, allusion, monologue, soliloquy, satire, parody, assonance, anachronism, catharsis, hero, anti-hero, modern hero, hubris, antithesis, epiphany, suspense, understatement, repetition, metonymy, euphemism, mood, tone, stream of consciousness, cross cutting, chorus

 

Literary Technique

How the technique is used to illustrate theme