Unit 3 Terms
To evaluate a story, means that we consider it and place value on it. As the text explains, there is
no straight forward easy method of judgment. To ensure the proper evaluation of a story, the
reader must first recognize the nature, and the type of story. In theater the evaluating
circumstances are the “play reviewer’s” task, the occupation is extremely competitive with few
employment opportunities. This evaluation gives the public a recommendation which assists
them in attending the play or not. The text gives the emphasis on our opinion being great than a
reviewer’s, due to the difference in preference.
[Always give a specific example from
literature for every word you define throughout the course.]
By conventions we mean usual devise and feature of a literary work, by which we can recognize
its kind. For instance, the text states that; “Good critics have at least the working knowledge of
some of its conventions.”
For instance, a “gothic story” will have certain aspects which are
unique to that particular type. The conventions which allow one to recognize a “gothic story”
might be the large amount of horrors, or/and an older home/ mansion which is rumored to be
haunted. The conventions of a story are vital to evaluate any piece of literature.
When in movies or on television we watch a yarn about sinister old mansions full of horrors, we
recognize the conventions of that long- lived species of fiction, the gothic story. Horace Walpole
is the one who started this genre, beginning with his novel “The Castle of Otranto”. This novel
incorporates many creepy aspects, such as large amounts of cobwebbed areas, unsuspected
slamming doors, and underground passages, along with many other ghost / haunted occurrences.
While younger ages might have a less amount of horror and reality, such as the series called:
“Goosebumps.” This series incorporates scary, creepy, cobwebbed material but does not go the
full extent of feeling gothic and almost real- life.
Some stories fail from sentimentality, a defect in a work whose writer seems to feel tremendous
emotion and implies that we too should feel it, but does not provide us enough reason to share
such feelings. For instance, the author could implement a poor maybe unreliable narrator which
isn’t taken seriously, due to their inadvertent lies; which would cause a changed mood in the
over-all story, and therefore make us feel angry instead of sad towards a certain event.
Sentimentality is caused by the author using poor defensive writing. In comparison,
sentimentality is like a teacher having the majority of the class fails a test, which is then a
reflection on how well you taught the information.