The hero’s journey, also known as the monomyth, is an interpretive theory that articulates a way of understanding literature in a way that fuses psychology and mythology.
Some of the most powerful works of literature deal with these questions regarding the intricate and profound balancing act between individual and society.
In narrative fiction, irony can occur on several levels. Perhaps the most meaningful mode of irony in any story is dramatic irony, which is what the “fatal secret” is all about.
Some of the most popular modes of critical theory utilize the concept of “the Other,” an important social-political idea prevalent today in conversations about literature, film, television and advertising.
Not every work of fiction is the same, but our approach to analyzing any story can be helped if we ask some key questions.
The world of literature offers a huge variety of themes and ideas, but there are some themes that are more common than others.
Literary interpretation is fundamentally interested in the question of what a text means. What is this text about? What ideas does this text communicate?
Literary Analysis Literary interpretation is fundamentally interested in the question of what a text means. What is this text about? What ideas does this text communicate? To answer the fundamental questions, we pursue a diagnostic analysis of the text, assessing the structure of a work and its component parts. Then we step back and analyze the textContinue reading “What is literary analysis?”