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Literature Reading Techniques

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1. A subordinate plot in a play - novel - or similar work.

2. 'I could probably manage to survive on a salary of two million dollars per year.'

3. 'That's nice.' 'Smart as a whip.' 'Smelling like a rose.'

4. As a fish takes to water - you will take to literary analysis.

5. A work that reveals a critical attitude toward some element of human behavior by portraying it in an extreme way. It doesn't simply abuse (as in invective) or get personal (as in sarcasm). It targets groups or large concepts rather than individuals

6. The way one acts - speaks - thinkgs - are dressed - etc.

7. Interrupted action of a work with the action of future events.

8. The tortoise and the hare

9. The doctor wrote me a subscription for some medication.

10. 'Sink or swim'

11. The voice of the poem or literary piece (not necessarily the author)

12. 'Life is perfect - and all things are wonderful.'

13. Chetah is to fast - as is turtle is to slow

14. Interrupted action of a work with the action of previous events.

15. 'The shot heard 'round the world'

16. Scary Movie and Weird Al's songs.

17. 'Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.'

18. 'What is one supposed to do?'

19. Kevin and Max in Freak the Mighty. One is the brain - the other is the braun.

20. 'I get it! You really do have to study!'

21. 'He loved swimming - hiking - and fishing all summer long.'

22. Saying one thing and meaning another. When an outcome is unexpected by either a character or the audience.

23. 'Milton! Thou shoulds't be living at this hour.'

24. 'He met his Waterloo.'

25. A narrative technique that records a character's internal flow of thoughts - memories - and ideas

26. Author takes on an identity other than his own.

27. A literary technique that presents the thoughts and feelings of a character as they occur.

28. 'Bells - bells - bells...'

29. A story that occurs within another story.

30. Things left completely unsaid; unknowns.

31. Words spoken aloud by a character to himself - the audience - or another character.

32. 'y'all' - 'ayah' - 'sho - there's ticks a-plenty' - 'thou hast'

33. While the student was inside the school learning - his mother was inside the home cleaning.

34. The horse and buggy trotted along the dusty - dirt road.

35. The final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work

36. 'You should know what these terms mean - but more importantly - you should be able to recognize them in use within a given text.'

37. Hamlet - Othello - Macbeth - Willie Loman - Ethan Frome - etc.

38. Romance - historical - bildungsroman - etc.

39. Simple - complex - inverted order - etc. (arrangement of words in grammatical elements)

40. The clouds danced in the sky.

41. 'Much madness is divinest sense.'

42. American Flag - hearts - wedding rings - etc.

43. Hints or clues given along the way as to how the plot will end.

44. 'sweet sorrow' 'cold fire'

45. 'She is a rock'

46. I pity those people who lost his or her job during the recession.

47. 'I understand that not everyone likes summer assignments - since I have summer work to do too.'

48. I love to sing - in the spring.

49. 'As I fell down the stairs headfirst - I heard her say - 'Look at that coordination!''

50. Perspective from which the story is told.