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Flashcards in Literary Genres Deck (18)
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Tragedy

-starts good, gets bad, hero destroyed
-example: Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, etc...

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Comedy

-starts bad, gets good, hero triumphs

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Comedy of Manners

-elevated, often satirical, from the restoration period

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Farce

-crude, often obscene; a type of comedy

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Melodrama

-excessive appeal to emotions

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Bildungsroman

-a novel about a person's maturation; coming of age
-example: "Jane Eyre"

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Allegory

-persons equated with meanings beyond the narrative
-example: "Animal Farm"
-used to teach a moral lesson

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Satire

-improving human conditions through exaggeration and comedy
-"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" on the aspects of slavery, organized religion, the government

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Novel

-an extended fictional narrative

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Novella/Novellete

-longer than a short story

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Parody

-ridicule of a serious work by exaggerated imitation

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Picaresque Novel

-the life story of a rascal

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Short Story

-brief fictional narrative in prose
-example: "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe

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Essay

-prose discussion of a limited topic

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Horatian Satire

-gentle ridicule

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Juvenalian Satire

-angry ridicule

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Myth

-traditional story explaining natural phenomena or cultural practice

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Didactic Literature

-literature that seeks to instruct; has a lesson of some kind