Close_Reading - CLOSE READING OF A TEXT Close Reading is a...

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CLOSE READING OF A TEXT Close Reading  is a strategy for interpretation that helps you get more out of reading any text, but  especially a literary or religious text. As such, this is a strategy that you can use profitably in any  Humanities or Social Science course. Close reading is micro-reading. It is the attentive reading  of short passages of a text by noting: word use, sentence structure, tone, recurring patterns and  the overall argument. In doing a close readign you have to begin with the assumption that the  author has intentionally used a certain word, image or structure—intentionally and not  accidentally or mistakenly. It is then your job to explain why the author has made the choice he  made.  You can do a close reading or either a section of a text, or an entire novel, play or film. In doing  a close reading forget about the meaning of the text; instead, focus on the argument that the  author is creating and to show how that argument is being constructed. Steps in close reading
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Close_Reading - CLOSE READING OF A TEXT Close Reading is a...

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