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This week we have learned about how one can examine a fictional story critically. For your Learning Journal, you will discuss the importance of being able to analyze fiction and, if possible, how you can apply this analytical tool to your own life.This week I was able to learn the method for analyzing fictional stories. During the reading process I was expected not only to read but to ask myself questions as I read and to think critically about every aspect of the story I was reading. This wasn't something that I usually do so it was a different experience. I do think that I am beginning to understand the importance of this kind of critical thinking and analysis.One reason I think analyzing fiction is important is that fictional stories generally have deeper , unstated meaning and in understanding what that meaning is we are able to appreciate not just the stories but the deeper meaning they are revealing. An example of this is how the fictional story of Cinderella shows that virtue is rewarded in the end. This is its deeper meaning.