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Example: The pig laughed all the way to the barn. Protagonist - the central or main character in a story around which the plot centers. Example: Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter Proverb - a short saying that states a basic truth about life. Example: He who hesitates is lost. Simile - a comparison between two different things using either like or as . Example: I am as hungry as a horse. Symbol - an object, person, or place that has a meaning in itself and that also stands for something larger than itself, usually an idea or concept; some concrete thing which represents an abstraction. Example: The sea could be symbolic for “the unknown;” since the sea is something which is physical and can be seen by the reader, but has elements which cannot be understood, it can be used symbolically to stand for the abstraction of “mystery,” “obscurity,” or “the unknown.” Theme - the central or dominant idea behind the story; the most important aspect that emerges from how the book treats its subject. Sometimes theme is easy to see, but, at other times, it may be more difficult. Theme is usually expressed indirectly, as an element the reader must figure out. It is a universal statement about humanity, rather than a simple statement dealing with plot or characters in the story. Themes are generally hinted at through different devices: a phrase or quotation that introduces the novel, a recurring element in the book, or an observation made that is reinforced through plot, dialogue, or characters. It must be emphasized that not all works of literature have themes in them. In a story about a man who is diagnosed with cancer and, through medicine and will-power, returns to his former occupation, the theme might be: “real courage is demonstrated through internal bravery and perseverance.” In a poem about a flower that grows, blooms, and dies, the theme might be: “youth fades and death comes to all.” Tragedy - a serious work, usually a novel, in which the main character experiences defeat. brought about by a tragic flaw. Example: Hamlet. Tragic flaw - the main defect of the protagonist in a tragedy. Example: Hamlet’s failure to act causes his death . Tragic hero - the main character in a tragedy; in order to fit the definition, the hero must have a tragic flaw, which causes his or her downfall. Examples: Hamlet’s main character weakness is his indecision; Lear’s is his pride.
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Things Fall Apart Objectives By the end of this unit, the student will be able to: 1. point out examples of proverbs in the story and comment on how the Ibo people use these sayings to illustrate general truths about life. 2. recognize the fables in the novel and be able to state the moral lessons they convey. 3. discuss the drum as a symbol for the heart, strength, and power of the Ibo people.
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