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4Why Do We Critique?One of the guiding functions of literary criticism is to explore and express shifts in sensibilitythat make it possible to re-evaluate books. In fact, the only requirement for a new critique is thatthe original text survived over the years. Literary critics sometimes find that one must wearmultiple hats, acting as a pseudo-detective, uncovering, verifying and editing unknownmanuscripts. Occasionally, literary critics have the unique opportunity to introduce to the publicliterary works that have either been forgotten or have not generated strong interest in previousyears. The following are other reasons why we do literary critique:it helps us develop a clear understanding of the text or related works;it makes us understand the purpose of the work, the intended audience, the developmentof argument, and the structure of evidence or creative style;it gives recognition of the strengths and weaknesses of the work; andit is useful in carefully analyzing a variety of works such as creative works (novels,exhibits, film, images), research (monographs, journal articles, reviews), or media- (newsreports and feature articles).GUIDE IN WRITING AN INDEPENDENT CRITIQUEWhen you write an independent critique, you are not bound by any literaryapproach. You have the leeway to compose a critique without having to followcertain standards. In this lesson, you will try to write a critique of a selectedstory without using any approach in critiquing. Instead, you will be providedwith simple questions to help you compose an independent critique. Analyze thetable below.Paragraph 1Write a brief summary of the story.What is the setting?Who are the important characters? Give a short description of each.What is the conflict in the story?What is the most interesting part of the story?How is the problem solved?How does the story end?Paragraph2What do you like about the story? Whatmakes you like it?What scene or situation in the story do you find interesting? Why?Paragraph 3What part/aspect of the story do you not like? Cite reasons why you do not like it.Quote direct statements/lines that you dislike and expound on it.Paragraph 4What line(s)/ situation/event from the story can you relate with? Write about theconnection between the events in the story and your personal experiences.Paragraph 5Conclude by restating your main points. On ascale of 1-10, rate the story.

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