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* NaiveNewcomer: Instrumental in producing ecstasy; as the POV character experiences awe at coming face-to-face with something they have never encountered before, the reader vicariously feels that same sense of awe.


Even stories with the most mundane of settings can qualify as literature if hidden beneath the seemingly-unremarkable story world are elements (however tiny) that provide the reader with a sense or awareness of things (typically joys) beyond or above mere everyday reality, experiences, and emotions (and especially hints of things beyond mere physical perception).

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Even stories with the most mundane of settings can qualify as literature if if, hidden beneath the seemingly-unremarkable story world world, there are elements (however tiny) that provide the reader with a sense or awareness of things (typically joys) beyond or above mere everyday reality, experiences, and emotions (and especially hints of things beyond mere physical perception).


''Hieroglyphics: A Note Upon Ecstasy in Literature'' is book on literary analysis (or a novel whose ExcusePlot is a means to discuss literary analysis, if one wishes to be technical) by Welsh fantasy/horror writer ArthurMachen. In it, Machen presents his theories on what literature actually is, and attempts to argue how one can tell whether a book or story qualifies as literature or as mere entertainment.

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''Hieroglyphics: A Note Upon Ecstasy in Literature'' is book on literary analysis (or a novel whose ExcusePlot is a means to discuss literary analysis, if one wishes to be technical) by Welsh fantasy/horror writer ArthurMachen.Creator/ArthurMachen. In it, Machen presents his theories on what literature actually is, and attempts to argue how one can tell whether a book or story qualifies as literature or as mere entertainment.



In putting forth his theory, Machen examines a vast amount of works, including the likes of ''TheOdyssey'', ''ThePickwickPapers'', ''TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'', ''DonQuixote'', ''ThePilgrimsProgress'', ''VanityFair'', and ''TheScarletLetter''.

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In putting forth his theory, Machen examines a vast amount of works, including the likes of ''TheOdyssey'', ''ThePickwickPapers'', ''TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'', ''DonQuixote'', ''ThePilgrimsProgress'', ''VanityFair'', ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', ''Literature/ThePickwickPapers'', ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'', ''Literature/DonQuixote'', ''Literature/ThePilgrimsProgress'', ''Literature/VanityFair'', and ''TheScarletLetter''.
''Literature/TheScarletLetter''.
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* SliceOfLife: Criticized as being mere entertainment rather than art due to it dealing with ordinary, everyday experiences and sensations. That said, works that have this type of setting ''can'' quality as art if the seemingly-normal setting contains exotic, ethereal, or emotionally-powerful sensations.

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* SliceOfLife: Criticized as being mere entertainment rather than art due to it dealing with ordinary, everyday experiences and sensations. That said, works that have this type of setting ''can'' quality qualify as art if the seemingly-normal setting contains exotic, ethereal, or emotionally-powerful sensations.


* AnAesop: When the CentralTheme results in a message. In Machen's view, the message tends to not be a moral lesson but rather an observation and conclusion about something–a reflection of either the truth of human nature or of the truth of reality.* AffectionateParody: Preferred to a DeconstructiveParody because "art, you may feel quite assured, proceeds always from love and rapture, never from hatred and disdain". A deconstructive satire, therefore, will lack the ecstasy that would (potentially) be present in an affectionate one.

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* AnAesop: When the CentralTheme results in a message. In Machen's view, the message tends to not be a moral lesson but rather an observation and conclusion about something–a reflection of either the truth of human nature or of the truth of reality.reality.
* AffectionateParody: Preferred to a DeconstructiveParody because "art, you may feel quite assured, proceeds always from love and rapture, never from hatred and disdain". A deconstructive satire, therefore, will lack the ecstasy that would (potentially) be present in an affectionate one.


Even stories with the most mundane of settings can qualify as literature if hidden beneath the seemingly-unremarkable story world are elements that provide the reader with a sense or awareness of something beyond or above mere everyday reality, experiences, and emotions (and especially hints of things beyond mere physical perception).

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Even stories with the most mundane of settings can qualify as literature if hidden beneath the seemingly-unremarkable story world are elements (however tiny) that provide the reader with a sense or awareness of something things (typically joys) beyond or above mere everyday reality, experiences, and emotions (and especially hints of things beyond mere physical perception).



* AnAesop: When the CentralTheme results in a message. In Machen's view, the message tends to not be a moral lesson but rather an observation and conclusion about something–a reflection of either the truth of human nature or of the truth of reality.
* AffectionateParody: Preferred to a DeconstructiveParody because "art, you may feel quite assured, proceeds always from love and rapture, never from hatred and disdain". A deconstructive satire, therefore, will lack the ecstasy that would (potentially) be present in an affectionate one.

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* AnAesop: When the CentralTheme results in a message. In Machen's view, the message tends to not be a moral lesson but rather an observation and conclusion about something–a reflection of either the truth of human nature or of the truth of reality.
reality.* AffectionateParody: Preferred to a DeconstructiveParody because "art, you may feel quite assured, proceeds always from love and rapture, never from hatred and disdain". A deconstructive satire, therefore, will lack the ecstasy that would (potentially) be present in an affectionate one.



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* UnreliableNarrator: Invoked. Machen wrote down the Hermit's theories from memory and thinks he may have forgotten to include some things.

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* UnreliableNarrator: Invoked. Machen wrote down the Hermit's theories from memory and thinks he may have forgotten to include some things.things.
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Machen defines it as "a kind of withdrawal from the common atmosphere of life"; this amounts to the author conveying a sense of wonder to the reader.

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Machen defines it as "a kind of withdrawal from the common atmosphere of life"; this amounts to the author conveying a sense of wonder or awe to the reader.


In Machen's view true literature must give the reader a sense of ecstasy. By this, he means a sense or awareness of something beyond or above our everyday reality, experiences, and emotions (and especially hints of things beyond mere physical perception), or as Machen himself sums it up, "a kind of withdrawal from the common atmosphere of life".

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In Machen's view true literature must give the reader a sense of ecstasy. By this, ''ecstasy''. That sounds simple enough, but what exactly does he means mean by ecstasy?

Machen defines it as "a kind of withdrawal from the common atmosphere of life"; this amounts to the author conveying a sense of wonder to the reader.

Even stories with the most mundane of settings can qualify as literature if hidden beneath the seemingly-unremarkable story world are elements that provide the reader with
a sense or awareness of something beyond or above our mere everyday reality, experiences, and emotions (and especially hints of things beyond mere physical perception), or as Machen himself sums it up, "a kind of withdrawal from the common atmosphere of life".
perception).


* GeniusDitz: The Hermit. Despite being well-read, he forgets Machen's name 3 times in their first meeting; Machen says that he would repeat this "feat" many time throughout their acquaintance.

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* GeniusDitz: The Hermit. Despite being well-read, he forgets Machen's name 3 times in their first meeting; Machen says that he would repeat this "feat" many time times throughout their acquaintance.

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* TheReveal: Like the TwistEnding, it's ''conditionally'' deconstructed and for the same reasons.


* DeconstructiveParody: According to Machen (at least in this point in his life), satire or any creative work born from disdain lacks the ability to be true art.

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* DeconstructiveParody: According to Machen (at least in this point in his life), satire satire, or any creative work work, born from disdain lacks the ability to be true art.


* GeniusDitz: The Hermit. Despite being well-read, he forgets Machen's name 3 times in their first meaning; Machen says that he would repeat this "feat" many time throughout their acquaintance.

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* GeniusDitz: The Hermit. Despite being well-read, he forgets Machen's name 3 times in their first meaning; meeting; Machen says that he would repeat this "feat" many time throughout their acquaintance.


* AffectionateParody: Preferred to a DeconstructiveParody because "art, you may feel quite assured, proceeds always from love adn rapture, never from hatred and disdain". A deconstructive satire, therefore, will lack the ecstasy that would (potentially) be present in an affectionate one.

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* AffectionateParody: Preferred to a DeconstructiveParody because "art, you may feel quite assured, proceeds always from love adn and rapture, never from hatred and disdain". A deconstructive satire, therefore, will lack the ecstasy that would (potentially) be present in an affectionate one.

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