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Literature: A Reflection of Life

The class is LITR201-1303A-01: Literature: A Reflection of Life. I need help in understanding how to go about the following:

1. Short Stories: Analyze the elements of fiction, including setting, characters, point of view, plot, symbolism, themes, tone and irony. Cite specific examples from the assigned stories for each element. Which of the short stories we read was your favorite, and why? Give several reasons.

2. Poetry: Break down the elements of poetry, including imagery, figurative language, symbolism, word choice, themes, tone and sound. Cite specific examples from the assigned poems for each element. Which of the poems we read was your favorite, and why? Share several reasons.

3. Drama: Review the elements of drama, including setting, characters, plot, stage directions, symbolism, themes and dialogue. Cite specific examples from Trifles for each element. How has reading the play deepened your understanding of live performances, television dramas and movies?

4. Values and Morals: Values and morality have been recurring considerations in many of our assigned works. Talk about personal values and moral codes as they are conveyed in each of the following: one short story (chosen from the Phase 1 or Phase 2 reading lists), one poem (chosen from the Phase 3 reading list), and the play, Trifles.

5. Which of all the works we've read is your favorite and why? In what ways do you think it will make a lasting impact on you personally and professionally?

6. Final Considerations: Discuss how literature can provide "a reflection of life" which can help us understand our own struggles, triumphs, values and moral codes and increase our empathy for others. What is one thing you learned about yourself this term as a result of gazing into literature's "mirror?"

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Setting: When reading a story, look at how the setting is described. How does the setting reveal what the story is about? You must take note of the details. Do the details mirror what a character thinks or feels? Setting almost always has something to do with THEME. Which is what the story is about? If you have a dark setting, why. Does the setting include details that SHOW a character's dark thoughts? Or happy thoughts? Or frustration? Think about Edgar Allen Poe, for example. Why does he use a raven instead of a crow? Which choice has the best dramatic effect?

Characters: Listen to what they say and HOW they say it. This is dialogue, which can reveal THEME and PLOT. How do the characters speak? Examine the characters wants and desires. A story cannot work without a character that changes--this is CONFLICT. Conflict creates DRAMA and drama reveals TENSION. A story that lacks these qualities isn't very captivating. Sometimes character description is important, but you will notice in contemporary fiction that many characters are NOT described. If that is the case, then how do ...

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The solution discusses a reflection of life in the given literature.