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How to Analyze a Novel or a Story?

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Göksel Erdoğan

on 2 October 2013

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Transcript of How to Analyze a Novel or a Story?

How to Analyze a Novel or a Story?
Context
Research the author’s background and other work. This can give insight into the author’s perspective and bias,
Setting
When and where a story takes place
Theme
The theme is the main idea, lesson or message in the novel. It is usually an abstract, universal idea about the human condition, society or life, to name a few.
Narrator and Point of view
The narrator is the person telling the story.

Point of view: whose eyes the story is being told through.
Characters
Characters are the driving force behind stories, both major characters and minor ones, and authors use them to broadcast their most important messages. You won’t be able to analyze every character, but pick out several important ones to consider
Plot
The plot is the main sequence of events that make up the story.
Main Problem (Conflict):
The plot hinges on some major problem, often a conflict between characters or an obstacle that must be overcome
Climax:
The high point of the action, when the conflict or problem could either be resolved or cause a character’s downfall.
Resolution:
The conflict or problem is solved and normalcy or a new order is restored.
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