lit & comp ch 2 my antonia & to an athlete dying young.pptx

Numerous amount of examples she shows the reader the

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numerous amount of examples she shows the reader the difference between someone who willingly chooses to live life alone, and people who find themselves lonely and dwell about it. 2. The author hoped that readers would understand the differences, and learn that life is not all about being surrounded by peers. The author hoped that by reading this essay, people realized that one enters life alone and leaves life alone.(last paragraph)
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Method and Structure What method or methods does the author use to develop the main idea, and how do the methods serve the author’s purpose? How does the organization serve the author’s purpose?
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Language How are the author’s main idea and purpose revealed at the level of sentences and words? How does the author use language to convey his or her attitudes toward the subject and to make meaning clear and vivid?
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Chapter 2 Close Reading: Analyzing Poetry and Passages of Fiction
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Assignment: Read thoughtfully pg. 19-24 of Lit. & Comp. beginning with “What is Close Reading?” Consider the questions on pgs. 23-24 writing complete sentence answers each: Diction Figurative Language Imagery Syntax
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Suggestions: Go beyond just recognizing the elements of style to analyze their effects…and write about them. Understand the way language adds another level of meaning to a work (identifying literary elements is NOT enough).
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Grow Your Cannon! Read Reread Observe Ask questions Try to answer them
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Connect Language to Meaning Look for: Patterns Motifs Repetitions References to other works Connections to your own life and time A word of advice: The sample analyses are not the end-all-be-all. You are bound to come up with your own different and interesting interpretations, so don’t limit yourself by what the book (or another source) may say. And don’t be discouraged if you seem to be facing a blank wall; sometimes you just get stuck. In that case, move on.
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My Antonia by Willa Cather
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What part do the snakes play in this passage about happiness? Snakes should set off alarm bells—they can’t help but make us think of evil and the serpent that tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. The narrator has set himself up in a place where he is protected from snakes, or will at least be alerted if one should come along. Cather may be acknowledging the idea that life always has snakes, but we can at least be aware of them before they’re upon us.
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What might it mean that the passage is set in a garden? Taking off from the snakes in the first sentence, we can’t help but think of the Garden of Eden. The young narrator is discovering an idyllic world; he is innocent, protected, in touch with nature.
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How big is that pumpkin? How big are the grasshoppers, really?
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