Common Literary Terms (Part 3)

If you’ve been following our hanGAMSAT, GAMSAT Humanities, gamsat humanities help, gamsat humanities prose vignettes, gamsat humanities questions, GAMSAT Humanities tips and tricks, GAMSAT Section 1, gamsat section 1 fiction and non fiction, gamsat section 1 prose questions, gamsat section 1 questions, GAMSAT Section 1 Reading List, gamsat section 1 strategy, gamsat section 1 texts, how to improve speed reading skills for gamsat, Humanities, Improve Reading Skills, Reading skills for GAMSATdy glossary you should be very much ready to take on the MCQs in GAMSAT Section 1. Here’s the final part of our glossary of literary terms to help with GAMSAT Section 1: Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences.

Narrative: This refers to a sequence of events collected together that tell a story.

Narrator: The narrator is the person telling a story.

Parable: This refers to a moral or religious point told in the form of a short story.

Personification: This refers to the description of an animal or an object with human characteristics. For example: “The angry sea.”

Point of view: This refers to the viewpoint from which the author narrates the story. This can refer to the viewpoint of the narrator who tells the tale or the author’s overall point of view.
Protagonist: The protagonist is the main person in a story, around whom the whole story revolves. This person is sometimes the hero of the story, but that is not always necessary.

Rhyme: This refers to the identical sounds or parts of sounds that appear in repetition. E.g. “The rain in Spain.”

Setting: The setting is the time, place and events in which the author bases the story.

Simile: A simile is like a metaphor except the word ‘like’ or ‘as’ is used to make the comparison between two things that share similar properties. E.g. “He was as brave as a lion!”

Symbol: A symbol is something that represents another thing. For instance, a crucifix symbolises a religion.

Theme: A common thought or idea that appears in repetition throughout a piece of literature is the theme.

The literary terms you come across in this glossary are the commonest ones in use; as such, these are the ones that you will come across in GAMSAT Section 1. Now, the GAMSAT paper might not use these terms only in the form of questions; they might as well appear in the passages.

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