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Critical Analysis of Prose

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Wedesday, September 10

Read Chekhov's short story "A Problem."   A Problem.doc

Then, complete the Critical Analysis of Prose in your LRJ.



Critical Analysis of Prose

Step One: Content (What)

•    What is the selection about?

•    What are the main ideas?

•    Make a short summary.


Step Two: Theme or Focus (Why)

•    What is the primary purpose of the writer? 

•    Possible purposes: to entertain, to inform, to persuade, to arouse emotion.  Look also for combinations.

•    What evidence can you find that supports your ideas?

•    What is the main theme or focus?  Summarize in your own words.


Step Three: Point of View or Voice (Who)

•    Who is speaking?

•    Who is the audience?

•    Is the speaker the “voice” of the writer or one of the characters?


Step Four: Setting (Where and When)

•    What clues are there to the place and time of the writing?

•    Find specific examples for support.

•    How does setting affect the theme?


Step Five: Style (How)

•    This includes structure and tone.  What kinds of words does the author use?

•    Is there dialogue?  Is it distinctive?

•    Look for the way the author uses punctuation and sentence patterns.

•    What kinds of imagery are used?

•    What is the tone or mood of the piece?  How is it achieved?  How does the tone relate to the theme or focus?


 Critical Analysis of Prose.doc


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