Literary Work Objective Analysis

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Literary Work Analysis B (Objective Analysis): focus only on the objective details and descriptions of each piece. Don't even mention your theme if you don't want to since that's interpretive (and potentially subjective); just stick to the basics, the descriptions, and the facts. C (Subjective Analysis): talk about what it is in each piece that leads you to find your theme in it. Then talk about what perspective that individual piece has on the theme. D (Analysis): Compare and contrast how the works deal with the theme. Are some positive and others negative? Are some preachy and others cautionary? Is one an ideal and the others less perfect? No work is going to deal with a theme in exactly the same way as any other work, so there's plenty to discuss here. (And notice that we still haven't mentioned your profession.) E (Reflection): Here's where you connect your theme, the works, and your profession. How can you apply the ideas in the works to what you do? How can others learn from it? Is this a useful exercise, is it something unique to reflecting on works in the humanities, or are they insights that you can get from other experiences as well? (That's one question I often ask when people want to know how to discuss "the human condition" in this assignment.) F (Conclusion): A conclusion is supposed to be redundant. If you're redundant, you're doing your job here. I tell people that a conclusion should answer the question, "What do you want your audience to remember if they forget everything else you just told them?" It's repetition with a teaching

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