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Biographical Criticism

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John Brouse

on 1 February 2013

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Quote #1 Main Points Key Words Key People Biography "On the third day my mother sickened; her fever was accompanied by the most alarming symptoms, and the looks of her medical attendants prognosticated the worst event. On her death-bed the fortitude and benignity of this best of women did not desert her." "Unfeeling, heartless creator! You had endowed me with perceptions and passions and then cast me abroad an object for the scorn and horror of mankind. But on you only had I any claim for pity and redress, and from you I determined to seek that justice which I vainly attempted to gain from any other being that wore the human form." Biographical Criticism John Brouse
Mrs. Bosch
AP Lit & Comp
12 November 2012 Strengths of the Theory Weaknesses of the Theory QUOTES! WORK CITED Samuel Johnson Samuel Johnson thoroughly analyzed pieces of literature based off the author's life and experiences. Literature is written by real people, and by analyzing those people you can better comprehend the work.
Biographical information should enhance the meaning of a work rather than filling it with useless information. Definition Biographical Criticism analyzes a piece based off of biographical data. The author's age, gender, economic or social status, upbringing, and time period is all put into consideration. Connects the life of the author to the piece

Every piece of literature is written by a person

Gives a deeper understanding of the characters and the events that occur in a work Limits the reader to the author's point of view and leaves out other aspects

Certain information can be irrelevant and take away from the meaning of the work Quote #2 Quote #3 Upbringing Lives of the Poets Development "Nothing could exceed the love and respect which the younger cottagers exhibited towards their venerable companion. They performed towards him every little office of affection and duty with gentleness; and he rewarded them by his benevolent smiles." http://home.olemiss.edu/~egjbp/spring97/litcrit.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biographical_criticism http://wikis.lib.ncsu.edu/index.php/Biographical_Criticsm http://www.editorskylar.com/litcrit.html#historical http://www.cla.purdue.edu/blackmon/engl360k/critical.html#bio
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