How to analyse for english lit gcse?Watch
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I was always taught to set my paragraphs in "PEEL"; Point (basically topic sentence", Evidence (quotation), Evaluation (what is the author trying to convey, why did the author use that specific language or linguistic devices, what image is being conveyed, what effect does it create...), Link (link your topic sentence to social/historical context).
This way you will explore the idea, linguistics, language, contexts, interpretation. The intriguing aspect of literature is that "Your" interpretation is valid aslong as you use the quote in favour.
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Whenever I analyse, for example Romeo and Juliet I always go into a lot of contextual details e.g. he did that because in those times bla blah and I don't know how to properly analyse qoutations and how to structure it out. I mean when you analyse do you only look at the language features or anything elsel? please help
Point: Before Romeo meets Juliet, he is depressed and life seems dark to him.
Evidence: Quote the bit about making himself an artificial night. (Haven't got my copy on me, sorry.)
Explanation: The absence of light in his life is exaggerated and it is implied that he might be wallowing in self pity and deliberately shutting himself away from other people, which is rather immature teenage behaviour and emphasises that his love for Rosaline is only infatuation or puppy love. However, when he meets Juliet and falls in love truly for the first time, he describes her window as 'the East' and states that 'Juliet is the sun', making it clear that this is the dawn of a new era in his life, one in which he feels bathed in the light of his love for Juliet.
Link: In this way, Shakespeare marks the progress of Romeo and Juliet's relationship. As the play goes on and their love meets greater and greater obstacles, the imagery of light and darkness points out to us that the love is doomed, with increasingly frequent references to darkness and fewer and fewer images of light. (Go on with another point from here and repeat the PEEL formula.)
Hope this give you an idea of what the basic structure or building block of a literature essay looks like. Keep adding things like this together and sticking them together with phrases like 'On the other hand' or 'In a similar way' or 'In conclusion'.