Mrs. Pellmann Webb
13 November 2009
Gothic Fiction and Frankenstein
Mary Shelleys Frankenstein depicts a brooding scientist and the horrific monster
that he lets loose upon the earth. The novel, while in many ways science fic
Heroes and their crew
The Initiates: these are young heroes, who prior to their quest, must endure some
training and ceremony. They are usually innocent and often wear white.
Young Man from the Provinces: this hero is spirited away as a young
Literary Theory and Criticism
What does it mean to criticize or critique something?
It means to pick it a part, analyze it, evaluate it and judge it. The word criticism comes
from the Greek: kritikos which translates as discernment and decision making.
Lit Circle Roles: Overview : ENG 4U1
Discussion Director/ Writer:
Your role demands that you identify important
aspects of your assigned text through a
thoughtful journal entry, and develop questions
your group will want to discuss. Focus on
Stopping by Woods On a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
The Major Theories of Analyzing Literature
Literary theories follow schools of thought or philosophical approaches to analyzing
literature its purpose and meaning.
Some literary theories are reactions to other schools of thought.
The various theories t
Tragedy and the Tragic Hero
Tragedy is generally understood as a dramatic presentation of high seriousness and
morality, which examines major questions of human existence: why are we here? How can we
know the will of the gods? What meaning does life have
A review and overview of some of the major recurring contrasts, patterns and characters that
exist in literature
It should be noted that the primitive mind tends to not make fine distinctions but thinks
rather in terms of polarities. T
Questions to Start the Critical Thinking Process
Try to ask as many of these questions about the texts that you read, each time you read a text.
(The answers to these types of questions will become the basis for your
argument/thesis in your papers, once