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Literary Analysis

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Transcript of Literary Analysis

Intro to Literary Analysis
Let's Practice
1. Summarize what you see in the picture.
Your turn!
Follow the same steps we just practiced.

Compare these 3 photos

What details in each photo help convey the message of the picture?
How do they show the same event differently?
Concepts
What does analysis mean?
Definition - to take something apart to see HOW it works.

To write an analysis, you need to think about how each part of something contributes to the success of the whole.

Caution! Make sure that you're NOT just summarizing the original article, story, novel, poem, etc. Go beyond simply telling us WHAT you are talking about: describe HOW and WHY its elements function.
Summarizing = WHAT
Analyzing = HOW & WHY
Poetry terms to help with analysis
Word choice
Diction
Denotation
Connotation
Figurative language
Sound devices
Onomatopoeia
Alliteration/assonance/consonance
Rhyme
Rhythm/Meter
Structure
Imagery
Point of view
Speaker
Tone
Mood

Nonfiction terms to help with analysis
Word choice
Diction
Denotation
Connotation
Figurative language
Imagery
Point of view
Tone
Mood
Bias
Purpose
Compare 3 photos
These images are all from New York City on September 11, 2001. Each photo has a different central message. How does each one convey that message? What was each photographer hoping to show through his or her picture?
What can we analyze?
Fiction
Poetry
Nonfiction
Media
Fiction terms to help with analysis
Character
Protagonist/antagonist
Static/dynamic character
Characterization/character development
Word choice
Diction
Denotation
Connotation
Figurative language
Plot
Imagery
Point of view
Tone
Mood

How and Why
Analysis encourages you to think about
how
and
why
a poem, short story, novel, or play was written
REMEMBER
To successfully analyze literature, you’ll need to remember that authors make specific choices for particular reasons.
When you think about analysis, try thinking about how you might analyze a car.
Ask yourself:
What do we want the car to do or accomplish?
Summarizing = WHAT
Analyzing = HOW & WHY
Ask yourself
Answer
Answer
“I want the car to provide transportation for my family”
Example: The large side door allows kids to easily climb into the back of the van.
Analysis: A minivan might be a good choice. How does each part of the van achieve this goal?
"I want speed, agility and style"
Example: The light-weight construction enables speed.
Analysis: How does each part of the sports car achieve this goal?
2. Look at the picture AGAIN with the purpose of analyzing it. How do you do that??

Don't be afraid of literary analysis!
Some students find the idea of literary analysis intimidating, but don't worry! We will be building on some of the skills you have already used in class. These include:
inferencing
annotating texts
careful reading
looking at word choice
re-reading
finding evidence in the text
With each photo, look closely at:
What background knowledge do you need to understand this photo?
What is in the foreground?
What is in the background?
What colors do you notice?
What shapes and textures do you see?
Is the photo in soft focus or sharp focus?
Are there people in the photo? If so, what emotions do they display? How?
Are there faces visible in the photo? Are they close up or far away? What does this add to the photo's meaning?
Are the people/figures in the picture interacting? If so, how? If not, why not?
After making the observations above, what can you infer about the photographer's message?
To analyze the photo, look closely at:
What background knowledge do you need to understand this photo?
What is in the foreground?
What is in the background?
What colors do you notice?
What shapes and textures do you see?
Is the photo in soft focus or sharp focus?
Are there people in the photo? If so, what emotions do they display? How?
Are there faces visible in the photo? Are they close up or far away? What does this add to the photo's meaning?
Are the people/figures in the picture interacting? If so, how? If not, why not?
After making the observations above, what can you infer about the photographer's message?
3. What message or "big idea" does this picture make the viewer think about?
"This picture seems to be about the idea of _____."
4. What details from the picture contribute to the overall impression?
"I notice ____, which suggests ______."
"The viewer feels ______ because _____."
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
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