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10 Strategies for Analyzing Literature (Templates show some, not all, possible
claims)
1) Interpret Subtlety
Ex.) Although the author doesn’t tell us this directly, this A shows us B. (See other side for “A” / “B”)
2) Evaluate Quality
Ex.) The A is effective because _____. The author effectively demonstrates B.
3) Consider Cause and Effect
Ex.) The A is appropriate for the B because _____. The A interestingly juxtaposes B in that ____.
4) Find a Counterargument
Ex.) _____ argues that this A is ineffective because _____, but I disagree because _____.
5) Invent a Counterargument or Misinterpretation
Ex.) A reader might interpret the B of the text to be _____, but it is actually _____.
6) Find a Significant Pattern
Ex.) This repeated A illustrates the author’s preoccupation with _____.
7) Translate Stylization
Ex.) The author describes the __events__ like this: ___. She exaggerates the ___ in order to___.
8) Explain Ambiguity
Ex.) This ___ is effectively ambiguous because it could be interpreted in two meaningful ways: ____ and _____.
9) Posit a Fictional Alternative
Ex.) If the author had _____ instead, the work would not be so _____.
10) Use a Touchstone
Ex.) The B in the text is similar to that of _____. Both are_____, but our text is more _____ because _____.

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10 Strategies for Analyzing Literature (Templates show some, not all, possible claims) 1) Interpret Subtlety Ex.) Although the author doesn’t tell us this directly, this A shows us B. (See other side for “A” / “B”) 2) Evaluate Quality Ex.) The A is effective because _____. The author effectively demonstrates B. 3) Consider Cause and Effect Ex.) The A is appropriate for the B because _____. The A interestingly juxtaposes B in that ____. 4) Find a Counterargument Ex.) _____ argues that this A is ineffective because _____, but I disagree because _____. 5) Invent a Counterargument or Misinterpretation Ex.) A reader might interpret the B of the text to be _____, but it is actually _____. 6) Find a Significant Pattern Ex.) This repeated A illustrates the author’s preoccupation with _____. 7) Translate Stylization Ex.) The author describes the __events__ like this: ___. She exaggerates the ___ in order to___. 8) Explain Ambiguity Ex.) This ___ is effectively ambiguous because it could be interpreted in two meaningful ways: ____ and _____. 9) Posit a Fictional Alternative Ex.) If the author had _____ instead, the work would not be so _____. 10) Use a Touchstone Ex.) The B in the text is similar to that of _____. Both are_____, but our text is more _____ because _____. 2 A Choice (of the author) theme that ________ ______ tone ______style characterization of _____ as ______ _____ depiction of _____ use of the conventions of the ____ genre _____ setting , symbolization of _____ image(s) of ______ , _____imagery _____dialogue , _____ syntax _____diction , _____ plot conflict between _____ and _____ irony that _____ subplot in which _____ resolution where _____ ambiguity between _____ and _____ exaggerated / surreal / distorted _____ subtle detail of _____ _____ point of view: -1st, 2nd, or 3rd person -objective, omniscient, limited omniscient -reliable or unreliable writer’s use of _____ Imagery -recurring images of ___ -images relating to the sense of ___ Irony -sarcasm -oxymoron -pun -hyperbole -euphemism -understatement 3 -paradox -comedy-satire Metaphor -simile -analogy -allusion-metonymy -synesthesia -synechoche -symbolism -personification Sound -assonance -alliteration -rhyme -off rhyme -consonance -perfect rhyme Diction -a concentration of ________ -part of speech -words with B -language associated with ____ (Latin / Greek / Germanic) origins Effect (on the reader) theme that ________ ______ tone ______style subtlety ambiguity high quality effective use of_____ success at _ authentic portrayal of _____ meaningful ambiguity beauty complexity originality 4 memorableness poignancy suggestiveness mystery power poor quality unsuccessful _____ clumsily executed_____ overly exaggerated_____ failure to _____ inauthentic portrayal of _____ clichéd use of ____ or depiction of _____ unoriginality sentimentality over abstraction confusing ambiguity amateurishness inconsistency inconsequence *These are not the only possibilities* Name: Description: ...
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