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Mueller - Literary Analysis - Spring 2020: Start Here - Literary Analysis

What's Literary Analysis

What is literary criticism?

  • An interpretation of a literary work or body of work that is debatable.
  • A conversation with the written text.
  • An analysis and explication of literary work(s) using literary concepts (theories, devices, etc.)
  • A thesis that presents and arguable perspective of a literary work.

Prompts

Agree or disagree with how:

  • an author explains an idea
  • ‚Äčan author defines an idea through the actions of a character
  • an author feels about an issue or idea
  • an author establishes the tone of a scene
  • the importance the author places on a character, character trait, character’s actions/decisions, event or idea
  • the accuracy of an author’s portrayal of a person, place or thing
  • the authentic quality of an author’s portrayal of a person, place, time or idea
  • the success or failure of an author’s image to evoke an emotion or other response from the reader
  • the effectiveness of the author’s ability to evoke a specific response in the reader
  • similarities between the manner one author evokes a response and how another author in another text evokes that same response
  • similarities between the manner one author defines or develops an idea and how another author in another text develops or defines that idea

 

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