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  1. Introduction
  2. Theme of fictional works
  3. The non fictional works of literature
  4. Comparison of different works of literature
  5. The story: Forty five a month
  6. Conclusion
  7. References

Fiction in definition is the works of literature whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact such as poems, novels and short stories (American Heritage Dictionary; 2006). Nonfiction is defined as works of literature comprising of narrative prose dealing with or offering opinions or conjectures upon facts and reality, including biography history, and the essay (American Heritage Dictionary; 2006). Fictional works of literature often follow a theme - an idea or point of a story formulated as a generalization such as coping, survival, downtrodden or pride.

[...] Venkat finally gets home around nine o'clock, only to find his daughter fast asleep, still dressed up to got out on their ?Pablo Picasso: Living in His Own Shadow? is a non-fiction essay written in first person narrative as well however, the author uses first person plural. The story ?Forty-Five a Month? appeals the reader's pathos or emotional response because it makes one feel sorry not only for the daughter who wants so badly to get attention from her father but also for the father who wants to spend more time with his family but feels obligated to his job. [...]

[...] A text structure is the manner in which major ideas and supporting details are organized in a non-fiction text. Some text structures commonly used in non-fictional literature include enumeration, time order, compare and contrast or cause and effect (RSCC; 2004). The narrative technique of an author in any novel is crucial to the readers understanding of the narrative. The way in which a novel is written influences the way in which the reader interprets the events which occur throughout the novel and allows the author to convey the feeling of time, place, and people in the society in which the author is attempting to impart to his or her readers (Fleischer; 2008). [...]

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