Definition Of Prose

A prose is a long narrative with a wide range of characters, events, experiences, written in a straight forward language. The main character in a prose work is the protagonist. The chief character who opposes the main character is called antagonist.

Prose man/Prosiest/Novelist: The writer of a prose work.

Types of characters

  1. Flat character: flat character is the opposite of a round character. This literary personality is notable for one kind of personality trait or characteristic
  2. Round character: A rounded character is anyone who has a complex personality; he or she is often portrayed as a conflicted and contradictory person.
  3. Static character: A static character is someone who does not change over time; his or her personality does not transform or evolve.
  4. Main character: characters are vital to the development and resolution of the conflict. In other words, the plot and resolution of conflict revolves around these characters.
  5. Minor characters: serve to complement the major characters and help move the plot events forward.

Note: A long narrative prose in which the characters are usually imaginary is known as a novel, but when the prose narrative is short it is called a Novelette. A short narration that focuses only on an event or an issue is a Novella or Novelle.

Types of prose

  1. Detective prose: This research aims to investigate the development of the Sepedi detective story, and to classify existing works into appropriate sub-genres
  2. Terror novel
  3. Sociological novel
  4. Epistolary novel
  5. Biography
  6. Autobiography
  7. Narrative prose:This is the most common type of prose found in novels and stories. Basically it relates to any sort of writing that tells a story, or develops a plot.

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