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What is Literature?
“That is part of the beauty of all
literature. You discover that your
longings are universal longings, that
you're not lonely and isolated from
anyone. You belong.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald
Definition of Literature
Literature is any form of writing which deals
with the significant human experience -- his
society and his experiences -- which is
artistically conceived for an effect.
Definition of Literature
• All writings in prose, or verse, especially those of
an imaginative or critical characteristics.
• Literature is the enactment of human possibilities,
or a vehicle that will help us discover more about
ourselves and the meaning we can make of life.
Definition of Literature
It has two major features: Language and
Imagination --- that when combined, they produce a
fictional world that reflects reality.
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that
dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline
Literature vs. Other Academic
Branches
Literature vs. Other Branches
LITERATURE
• forward-looking or
futuristic
• selective; aims to
achieve ultimate
beauty
• presents universal or
general idea
HISTORY
• backward looking
• detailed and
chronologically
arranged
• presents the specific
and the particular
Literature vs. Other Branches
LITERATURE
• ideas are presented
indirectly
• has its own specific
subjects
PHILOSOPHY
• presents ideas
directly
• deals with issues
Literature vs. Other Branches
LITERATURE
• deals mainly with
fiction
• includes every aspect
of human
experiences
• focus is on the story
SOCIOLOGY
• deals with the facts
of life
• includes every aspect
of human social
conditions
• more research
oriented and causal
in nature
Literature vs. Other Branches
LITERATURE
• cultivates creative
thinking leading to
appreciation
• expresses the deepest
of human experiences
• emphasizes the
cultivation of human
emotions and values
PSYCHOLOGY
• scientific study of
mental processes and
behavior
• explores thoughts,
feelings and actions
• focuses on the
working of the
nervous system
Genres of Literature
Prose Vs. Poetry
PROSE FICTION
Prose is any writing or speech in its normal continuous
form, without the rhythmic or visual line structure of
poetry. It is divided into two classifications:
• Fiction / Imaginative Literature
- Literature of Power. Deals with fictitious characters/ persons that
presents actual truths.
- Composed of Short Stories, Novels, Novelettes, etc.
• Non-Fiction Literature
- Literature of Knowledge. Deals with actual facts, experiences, ideas
or events.
- Composed of Essays, Biographies, Diaries, Journals, etc.
PROSE FICTION
Fiction
– came from the Latin word “fictio” or counter-fitting.
- refers to any narrative in prose or in verse that is wholly or in
part a production of the imagination.
- Not true but not lies.
- Describe what is not real, but not totally unreal.
- Designed to make us respond “as if”, but not to
deceive us.
- Describe none-existing people but produce real
emotions, altered behavior and important reflections.
PROSE FICTION
1. Short Story – a prose narrative w/c
concentrates on a uniform or single effect
and are in which the totality of the effect is
the main objective.
2. Novel – fictitious prose narrative or a tale of
considerable length in which characters and
actins represents the real life wherein the
past and present times are portrayed in a
plot of none/less complexity.
Elements of Fiction
A. PLOT - it is the skeletal framework of the story
wherein the events are arranged in a meaningful
sequence.
*the plot should be exciting and should have good structure.
Elements of Fiction
Parts of the Plot:
1. Exposition – refers to the layout of the materials of
the story or introduction.
2. Complication – rising action where the major conflict
of the story are presented.
3. Climax – the peak of the story or action where the
dilemma is faced by the main characters.
4. Resolution – falling action.
5. Denouement – ending/conclusion.
Elements of Fiction
B. SETTING – the time and place of action. It refers to the
physical locale, climatic conditions and historical period where
the story is taking place.
C. THEME- the generalization about human life or character
that a story explicitly or implicitly embodies a philosophical
truth. It is the central idea of the story and revolved around
the significant human experience.
*it is not the moral message
*it is not always made explicit at some point of the story
*must embody some state of man’s thinking
Elements of Fiction
D. CHARACTER – the set of people embodied within a
human experience. The two major characters are the
protagonist and antagonist.
Qualities of a good character:
- Plausible
- Motivation
- Vitality
- Sympathy
- Consistency
Elements of Fiction
E. POINT OF VIEW – the narrative voice of the story. It is
the vantage point from which the characters, actions and
events are seen.
• First Person POV – “I or We” limited to himself.
• Dramatic/ Objective POV – story revealed through the dialogues
between the characters and through their actions.
• Omniscient POV – the voice is outside the work which allows the
descriptions of the inner thoughts and emotions of any and all
he characters in the story.
Elements of Fiction
F. CONFLICT – the dilemma faced by he main character of
the story.
Types of Conflicts:
• Person Vs. Self
• Person Vs. Person
• Person Vs. Society
• Person Vs. Nature
• Person Vs. Supernatural
• Person Vs. Machine or Technology
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,
the man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons
POETRY
Poetry is a disciplined, compact verbal utterance, in
some none/less musical mode, dealing with aspects of
internal or external reality on some meaningful way.
POETRY
Poetry relies more o the figures of speech, symbolism
ad imagery. It also relies more than pose on the sound
and rhythm of speech and how it explains why it often
uses rhyme and meter.
Poetic License – the liberty given to poets t do
whatever they want to do with the language. It can
violate the rules of grammar, insert new words and
follow unusual syntactical arrangements to meet the
requirement of their poem.
ELEMENTS OF POETRY
a. Theme – the soul of the poem. It the what the poet
wants to express through is words which may either
be a thought, a feeling, an observation, a story or
an experience.
b. Symbolism – the expressions that are not directly
stated in the poem to express deep hidden meaning
behind the words used by the poet.
c. Meter – it is the basic structure of a poem which is
determined by the number of syllables in line.
ELEMENTS OF POETRY
d. Rhythm – this refers to the resonation of words
along with the sounds and the music produced when
the poem is read aloud and not he rhyming between
two words of consecutive lines.
e. Rhyme
f. Simile
g. Metaphor
In a ½ sheet, summarize the story
“Waywaya” of F. Sionil Jose by drawing
the plot.
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Introduction to Literature

  • 2. “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • 3. Definition of Literature Literature is any form of writing which deals with the significant human experience -- his society and his experiences -- which is artistically conceived for an effect.
  • 4. Definition of Literature • All writings in prose, or verse, especially those of an imaginative or critical characteristics. • Literature is the enactment of human possibilities, or a vehicle that will help us discover more about ourselves and the meaning we can make of life.
  • 5. Definition of Literature It has two major features: Language and Imagination --- that when combined, they produce a fictional world that reflects reality. “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ― Neil Gaiman, Coraline
  • 6. Literature vs. Other Academic Branches
  • 7. Literature vs. Other Branches LITERATURE • forward-looking or futuristic • selective; aims to achieve ultimate beauty • presents universal or general idea HISTORY • backward looking • detailed and chronologically arranged • presents the specific and the particular
  • 8. Literature vs. Other Branches LITERATURE • ideas are presented indirectly • has its own specific subjects PHILOSOPHY • presents ideas directly • deals with issues
  • 9. Literature vs. Other Branches LITERATURE • deals mainly with fiction • includes every aspect of human experiences • focus is on the story SOCIOLOGY • deals with the facts of life • includes every aspect of human social conditions • more research oriented and causal in nature
  • 10. Literature vs. Other Branches LITERATURE • cultivates creative thinking leading to appreciation • expresses the deepest of human experiences • emphasizes the cultivation of human emotions and values PSYCHOLOGY • scientific study of mental processes and behavior • explores thoughts, feelings and actions • focuses on the working of the nervous system
  • 12. PROSE FICTION Prose is any writing or speech in its normal continuous form, without the rhythmic or visual line structure of poetry. It is divided into two classifications: • Fiction / Imaginative Literature - Literature of Power. Deals with fictitious characters/ persons that presents actual truths. - Composed of Short Stories, Novels, Novelettes, etc. • Non-Fiction Literature - Literature of Knowledge. Deals with actual facts, experiences, ideas or events. - Composed of Essays, Biographies, Diaries, Journals, etc.
  • 13. PROSE FICTION Fiction – came from the Latin word “fictio” or counter-fitting. - refers to any narrative in prose or in verse that is wholly or in part a production of the imagination. - Not true but not lies. - Describe what is not real, but not totally unreal. - Designed to make us respond “as if”, but not to deceive us. - Describe none-existing people but produce real emotions, altered behavior and important reflections.
  • 14. PROSE FICTION 1. Short Story – a prose narrative w/c concentrates on a uniform or single effect and are in which the totality of the effect is the main objective. 2. Novel – fictitious prose narrative or a tale of considerable length in which characters and actins represents the real life wherein the past and present times are portrayed in a plot of none/less complexity.
  • 15. Elements of Fiction A. PLOT - it is the skeletal framework of the story wherein the events are arranged in a meaningful sequence. *the plot should be exciting and should have good structure.
  • 16. Elements of Fiction Parts of the Plot: 1. Exposition – refers to the layout of the materials of the story or introduction. 2. Complication – rising action where the major conflict of the story are presented. 3. Climax – the peak of the story or action where the dilemma is faced by the main characters. 4. Resolution – falling action. 5. Denouement – ending/conclusion.
  • 17. Elements of Fiction B. SETTING – the time and place of action. It refers to the physical locale, climatic conditions and historical period where the story is taking place. C. THEME- the generalization about human life or character that a story explicitly or implicitly embodies a philosophical truth. It is the central idea of the story and revolved around the significant human experience. *it is not the moral message *it is not always made explicit at some point of the story *must embody some state of man’s thinking
  • 18. Elements of Fiction D. CHARACTER – the set of people embodied within a human experience. The two major characters are the protagonist and antagonist. Qualities of a good character: - Plausible - Motivation - Vitality - Sympathy - Consistency
  • 19. Elements of Fiction E. POINT OF VIEW – the narrative voice of the story. It is the vantage point from which the characters, actions and events are seen. • First Person POV – “I or We” limited to himself. • Dramatic/ Objective POV – story revealed through the dialogues between the characters and through their actions. • Omniscient POV – the voice is outside the work which allows the descriptions of the inner thoughts and emotions of any and all he characters in the story.
  • 20. Elements of Fiction F. CONFLICT – the dilemma faced by he main character of the story. Types of Conflicts: • Person Vs. Self • Person Vs. Person • Person Vs. Society • Person Vs. Nature • Person Vs. Supernatural • Person Vs. Machine or Technology
  • 21. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, the man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons
  • 22. POETRY Poetry is a disciplined, compact verbal utterance, in some none/less musical mode, dealing with aspects of internal or external reality on some meaningful way.
  • 23. POETRY Poetry relies more o the figures of speech, symbolism ad imagery. It also relies more than pose on the sound and rhythm of speech and how it explains why it often uses rhyme and meter. Poetic License – the liberty given to poets t do whatever they want to do with the language. It can violate the rules of grammar, insert new words and follow unusual syntactical arrangements to meet the requirement of their poem.
  • 24. ELEMENTS OF POETRY a. Theme – the soul of the poem. It the what the poet wants to express through is words which may either be a thought, a feeling, an observation, a story or an experience. b. Symbolism – the expressions that are not directly stated in the poem to express deep hidden meaning behind the words used by the poet. c. Meter – it is the basic structure of a poem which is determined by the number of syllables in line.
  • 25. ELEMENTS OF POETRY d. Rhythm – this refers to the resonation of words along with the sounds and the music produced when the poem is read aloud and not he rhyming between two words of consecutive lines. e. Rhyme f. Simile g. Metaphor
  • 26. In a ½ sheet, summarize the story “Waywaya” of F. Sionil Jose by drawing the plot. Activity