Flashcards in Unit 5 Deck (20)
recurring types or categories of literature
A force or character who struggles against the protagonist
The main character of a story
Character types, plot patterns, or mages that recur throughout world literature
A changing or developing character
A character with little individuality or whose mindsets the reader knows little about
A character used to emphasize another character's opposing traits within a work
A character who is complex and often undergoes changes in his actions and thoughts
A character who remains essentially the same throughout a story
Short tale, usually anonymous, passed along by word-of-mouth.
Brief, focused, fanciful stories that present a moral of practical wisdom to teach character and life wisdom through practical examples. ( embodies a common problem in action)
An element of the fantastical or magical, an indefinite setting (time and place), and a broad picture of good and evil.
A myth is a story that explains a specific aspect of life or the natural world, usually in terms of supernatural forces or beings
Explanation of how the world came to be as it is.
Long, stylized narrative poems celebrating the deeds of a national or ethnic hero of legend. There are two main categories of epics: traditional and literary
A type of simile common in traditional epics in which the vehicle of the caparison is described at considerable length
Four major convention of content:
The setting is large --- everything is larger than life and full of significance
The hero is unusual both in his gifts and his national or historical importance
The supernatural is actively involved.
The story concerns supernatural actions, usually in battle or on a difficult journey that must be made.
Four major conventions of form:
The poet states the main topic and invokes the help of guiding spirit to address his subject.
The poem begins in media res (in the middle) at some important point in the action
It includes descriptive catalogues (lists) often of characters the audience recognizes
It employs some of the verbal formula of oral poetry, including epic similes and Homeric epithets
The ant and the grasshopper moral:
The moral is that you should prepare for future events.