How to analyse fiction
When beginning to analyze a text of this sort – it may be helpful to ask yourself some questions beginning with wh-:
Where does the story take place?
When does the story take place?Who appears in the story?
Why does this happen?
These questions will help you get started – but to get into the details and a thorough analyses you might want to use the checklist below.
Setting (time, place, social environment) Where and when does the story take place? Is it in the real or in an imaginary world? Does the setting/place change – is there more than one physical setting? Is there any indication of the social environment? Is it described in detail or is it hinted at? Does the…show more content… Does the story relate to a specific theme, period of time, social environment or something else that you have read about? What are the similarities and differences? Which do you prefer and why?
Characterization is the method used by a writer to develop a character. The method includes (1) showing the character's appearance, (2) displaying the character's actions, (3) revealing the character's thoughts, (4) letting the character speak, and (5) getting the reactions of others.
Characterization is an important element in almost every work of fiction, whether it is a short story, a novel, or anywhere in between. When it comes to characterization, a writer has two options: direct or indirect characterization.
1. Direct characterization: The writer makes direct statements about a character's personality and tells what the character is like.2. Indirect characterization: The writer reveals information about a character and his personality through that character's thoughts, words, and actions, along with how other characters respond to that character, including what they think and say about him.The two methods of characterization fall under the decision to “show” or to “tell”. Indirect characterization “shows” the reader. Direct characterization “tells” the reader.
Flat or round charactersA round character has a complex personality. The reader knows this character well – or at least he/she knows