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According to Northrop Frye in The Educated Imagination, literary conventions are typical patterned ways of writing that happen repeatedly over time in the world of literature. To write stories, the writers imitate other people's work
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December 15, 2005
According to Northrop Frye in The Educated Imagination, literary conventions are typical patterned ways of writing that happen repeatedly over time in the world of literature. To write stories, the writers imitate other people's work, which they have read before. Therefore literary conventions become commonplace as a traditional way of writing. Also, Frye has mentioned that "Literature can only derive its form from itself: they (conventions) can't exist outside literature" (p. 15). Frye means that literature exists as a whole; a new country does not produce new literature, but it adopts the literature that people already knew about. Before I start to read or watch the stories, I am capable of predicting what kind of stories they are, but not the particular set of events they have, because I have read that kind of stories before and recognized the same types of characters and plots, diction, style, and forms of writing. Most readers are unaware of their highly conventionalized worlds, but they essentially know about conventions because conventions have become a deeply embedded tradition of telling stories for writers. Therefore, readers who are exposed to
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