A chapter is a division what is done in a book or other type of written document to facilitate the reading and the order and integration of the contents. The term has its origin in the Latin word capitulum.
Each chapter, therefore, implies a part or section within a work of a certain length (If the work is very short, the division into chapters is not justified). The extension of the chapters varies according to the intentions and needs of the author and the work. In fact, within the same book, for example, the duration of each chapter may differ considerably from the rest.
Authors usually number the chapters in order of appearance: chapter 1 he is followed by Episode 2 and so on. Some chapters have no number and are considered as a different subdivision (the introduction, the epilogue, etc.). Certain writers, on the other hand, do not number the chapters, but give a Title to each other.
For example: “As soon as I finish reading the book, I lend it to you: there are fourteen chapters and I'm going for the eighth”, "The last novel I got bored of this author and left it in the fourth chapter ”, “The captain's death chapter fascinated me”.
The notion of chapter can also be used in another type of works that go beyond written material. The T.V. series , whether novels, comedies or otherwise, can be divided into chapters: “Did you see the last chapter of the novel? Dr. Romerson kidnapped Mary and took her home in the mountains ”, "There are three chapters left for the end of the soap opera that has conquered the Brazilians".
In some Spanish-speaking regions this term is used as a synonym for an episode when talking about television series, although both words should be understood in this context. A work divided into episodes can be described as episodicand this classification It is widely used in the field of video games, especially those that are distributed digitally; The market for downloadable titles represents a considerable saving of resources for a developer, and splitting a project into several installments can help improve future content through the opinions each of them receives.
Within the family of the term chapter is the verb recapitulate, which can be defined as remember in an orderly manner what has been expressed in writing or orally. It is a word of formal language, not widely used in everyday speech. If you delve into its etymology, it is discovered that it is possible to distinguish three lexical components from Latin: re (which indicates a repetition, a trip backwards), caput (which translates as head) and -tion (a suffix associated with Actions and the effects).
In this way, you get a term that speaks of turn back, towards the beginning of something, towards an important point in time; in its Latin version, its approximate meaning is remember a pact or agreement. This brings us to the chapter verb, which indicates the creation of a pact or agreement by a group of individuals. Continuing with this analysis conversely, the word chapter is formed from caput and the suffix -ulum, used for the construction of diminutives.
In its etymological sense, chapter refers to the command distribution, to the division of power, of the most important part (the head). It is possible, then, to understand that at present it is associated with the partition of an artistic work or of a document in ordered and coherent fragments.