ACC - 1302 - Lecture 1-7 - Literary Analysis

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					Literary Analysis
The great writers of fiction speak to
and inform the universal human heart
and mind. They warn us of what we
   should and should not do or be.
   Furthermore, they do not tell us
  these human truths, they show us
   through character development,
 setting symbolism, and all the other
        tools at their disposal.
  Fiction informs the human heart
  about the truth of our existence.
      Human                Consequence
     Behavior               of Action

  Authors use. . .
The particular   To illustrate or explain the
 and concrete    general, the abstract, or the
  Typical Types of Literary Analysis
• Compare the effect of
  one element on another
• One character's
• Comparison & contrast
  of two characters,
  symbols, settings
• Compare one text to
• Discuss the effect of one
  scene on the entire work
• Etc., etc. etc.
 Compare the effect of one
   element on another:
You may show     One Character
   how. . .


 The meaning of the whole work
      One Character’s Development
                   Stage One

                   Stage Two

                  Stage ThreeWhy this is
Don’t forget to tell. . .
     Compare and Contrast two
  characters, symbols, settings, etc.
                Setting One

                Setting Two
                             What the
Don’t forget to tell. . .   differences
                             show us.
       Step 1:
 Brainstorm, free-
write, talk to others,
   make a jot list
As you consider different ideas,
               Ask yourself. . .
               What will this idea
                enable me to say about
                the work’s meaning
                and significance?
               What in the work will I
                be able to use as
                support for this idea?
Remember! A good thesis statement should
Contain the author’s name and the book title
Contain the specific literary element to be
      investigated (NAME the character, symbol, or
      setting you will be analyzing!!)
 Point to some idea of significance in the work, or
       have an argumentative edge
 Be written in present tense
NOT be written in passive voice
Be grammatically clear and correct
Never use 1st or 2nd person
Never refer to “the reader” or to “today’s society”
    Examples of bad, bad, bad
       thesis statements:
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice contains
         romance and suspense.
 George Orwell’s 1984 shows a bad state of
 Forrester’s Room with a View contrasts
           greatly with today.
   (These are all too broad and vague)
  . . .and more examples of bad thesis
The characters in Jane Austen’s Pride and
  Prejudice show pride and prejudice.
  Symbolism in George Orwell’s 1984 is
          important to the theme.
Settings in Forrester’s Room with a View
               are crucial.
 (These are all too abstract; they need to
       be concrete and specific!)
  Examples of good thesis statements:

In George Orwell’s 1984 he uses
political propaganda to illustrate the
corruption of a totalitarian
In his novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles,
Thomas Hardy exhibits his pessimistic
view of life through the intensity of his
dark settings.
More examples of good thesis statements:

In Forrester’s novel A Room with a View, the
character Lucy Honeychurch illustrates the
idea that love conquers all by undergoing
three distinct stages of development that end
in her realization of her love for George.
The characters Anne Elliott and Lady
Russell in Jane Austen’s Persuasion are
parallel to the characters in the fairy tale
Cinderella, showing that the virtuous can be
triumphant over adversity.
More examples of good thesis statements:

Conrad uses the setting of the jungle, which
actually represents “the heart of immense
darkness,” to symbolize the insanity,
obsession, and barbarism that invade the
mind of his main character, Kurtz.
The demonic character Heathcliff in
Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights
demonstrates the romantic theme that
people repeat the evil treatment that they
endure as children.
    Bibliographic Entry & Preliminary
         Thesis are due next class
•    The bibliographic entry must be correctly
•    Use the Cobb County Guide to Research
•    Check out the Citation Machine at
•    Turn both in on a piece of notebook paper;
     use ink only; make sure it’s legible.

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