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What does it mean for a text to begin 'In Media Res'?
'In Media Res' is a literary technique that translates roughly to 'in the middle of'. A text that begins In Media Res, therefore, begins in the middle of the action, rather than following a linear path from beginning to end. This has the effect of gaining the interest and investment of the reader, piquing their curiosity and leaving them invested in how the character/s got to that point. It is mainly epic poems such as The Odyssey that employ this technique although it has been used in mainstream, modern texts also.
How does structure affect the reader's understanding of the text?
The structure of a text can be used to construct new meaning within a story or informative piece. It is used with the intent to craft the reader's perception of the text, through the manipulation and arrangement of events.
What is the purpose of Hyperbole?
Exaggeration of a statement or concept for the sake of emphasis and grandeur. Often used to diminish another statement or concept in comparison.
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