R 2 believes the reader and his or her experiences

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R 2. Believes the reader and his or her experiences are inextricable from the analysis of a work. F 3. Looks at the elements found in the text itself (style, structure, imagery, tone, genre). M 4. Utilizes the archetype . S 5. Includes Marxist criticism. P 6. Began with Sigmund Freud. H 7. Considers how the time and place of a literary work’s creation affect its meaning. B 8. Uses the insight provided by knowledge of the writer’s life.
Part II: Now, for each type of criticism listed above, select a story from the list in Section I that you believe would benefit from being examined from that perspective. You need to also give a short reason why you believe that analysis is warranted. Formalist- “A Haunted House” would benefit from being examined through formalist criticism because the story’s style, imagery and tone are so detailed that it would be interesting to break it all down to see the actual meaning. Historical- “Harrison Bergeron” would benefit from being examined through historical criticism because the plot and theme were so outlandish that one would wonder how people of that time felt about it. Mythological- “A Haunted House” would benefit from being examined through mythological criticism due to its numerous dark archetypes. It would be interesting to know the meaning of these archetypes in other stories. Gender- “The Chrysanthemums” would benefit from being examined through gender criticism. This is obvious because the protagonist in the story seems not to get the respect or praise she deserves. Biographical- “Dead Man’s Path” would benefit from being examined through biographical criticism because when you read about the author you get more background about the author and more meaning of the story. Psychological- “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” would benefit from being examined through psychological criticism because the story goes so deep into the imagination and during the conflict I think I actually got a bit of an adrenaline rush. It would be nice how to know what it took Bierce to give that effect. Sociological- “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” would benefit from being examined through sociological criticism due to the fact that it sends such a strong message that one would wonder what gave the author the idea to give this message. Reader Response- “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” would benefit from being examined through reader response criticism because it would be interesting to see how the story would affect different age groups, whether or not maturity plays a role and receiving the message the story delivers.

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