3.3Analyze interactions between main and subordinate characters in a literary text.
3.6 Analyze / trace development of time and sequence including the use of literary devices. 3.9Explain how voice, persona and choice of narrator affect characterization, tone and plot.
How to analyze a text
1. Read or reread the text with specific
questions in mind.
2. Marshal basic ideas, events and names.
Depending on the complexity of book, this requires additional review of the text.
3. Think through your personal reaction to the book: identification, enjoyment, significance, application. 4. Identify and consider most important ideas
5. Return to the text to locate specific
evidence and passages related to the major ideas. 6. Use your knowledge following the principles of analyzing a passage.
Persona-the persona is not the author, but the
author’s creation--the voice “through which the author speaks.” It could be a character in the work, or a fabricated onlooker, relaying the sequence of events in a narrative.
Tone-is the attitude a writer takes towards a subject or character: serious, humorous, sarcastic, ironic, satirical, tongue-in-cheek, solemn, objective.
Imagery-is language that evokes one or all of the
five senses: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching. Allegory-is a form of extended metaphor, in which objects, persons, and actions in a narrative, are equated with the meanings that lie outside the narrative itself. The