Reflection On Analyzing Literature

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Throughout my English class experiences, I do not remember specifically learning about how to analyze literature. Or perhaps I did, but learned it by a different name. My guess is that analyzing literature means looking at a piece of writing at an extent. What I mean by that is most of the time we just read books, poems, etc… and we understand the main gist of it such as the plot, the characters, and the conflict. However, there is a lot more that goes into literature aside from the main plot. There are underlying themes and messages that we have to figure out. Also, there are more elements that you can find in reading such as tone, audience, speaker, etc… All of these elements contribute to the plot and will help give us a better understanding of the story in depth. In my freshman year of highschool, my English teacher was Ms.Olano. After many stories that we read, we were required to turn in an activity known as SOAPSTone. It was an acronym for Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, and Tone. All of these elements in writing are normally what I do not pay attention to, nevertheless even care about. At first I did not think much of it. I thought it was just a way to kill time and to make sure we were actually paying attention to the story that we read. After hearing about “analyzing literature,” perhaps this was an exercise in analyzing the stories we read. Although these elements were the basic ones that you can find by just looking at the text, it did
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