Some Generalizations about Literature (Dr. Pell)
1) Authors usually devalue materialism
2) Authors often devalue formal religion, but value individual reverence.
3) Authors value mutability, both personal and societal.
4) Authors are rarely neutral about the carpe diem theme.
5) Authors are both social historians and social critics.
6) In the conflict between society and the individual, authors generally side with the individual.
7) Most authors attack overweening pride.
8) Most authors have a critical tone toward war.
9) In most literature, the family is a source of a passionate kind of conflict.
- AP Resource Packet from Lemon Bay High School - A FANTASTIC tool for review! This packet covers literary terms, allusions, tone and style vocabulary, multiple choice stems, a social criticism web, generalizations about literature (cited above), notes about HTRLLP, past AP prompts, "what AP readers long to see," and a novel review sheet.
Need help with symbolism and allusions?
- Common Sources of Allusions: Mythological and Biblical - This is a great overview of popular allusions from mythology and the Bible.
- Color Symbology (J.M. Collins)
- Examples of Archetypes (Deborah Rudd)
- Universal Symbols (Frankie Lucas)