BA English Literature - Close Reading Essay

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Hi,

I'm 3rd year English Lit currently working on a close reading of a newspaper article.

The issue I'm having is with how to structure my essay. Ordinarily I would work through the text in order discussing the content and form of each paragraph.

Our lecturer has specifically said that she'd prefer if we structured our close reading thematically rather than in chronological order.

I am wondering, if structuring thematically, at which point in my essay should I mention the actual content? Should the structure Intro, content, form/textual analysis & so on or should I mention the form & textual features before going on to discuss the actual content?

Sorry if I've phrased this badly, I'm currently in the library freaking out. Any help greatly received!
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(Original post by 19daisy92)
Hi,

I'm 3rd year English Lit currently working on a close reading of a newspaper article.

The issue I'm having is with how to structure my essay. Ordinarily I would work through the text in order discussing the content and form of each paragraph.

Our lecturer has specifically said that she'd prefer if we structured our close reading thematically rather than in chronological order.

I am wondering, if structuring thematically, at which point in my essay should I mention the actual content? Should the structure Intro, content, form/textual analysis & so on or should I mention the form & textual features before going on to discuss the actual content?

Sorry if I've phrased this badly, I'm currently in the library freaking out. Any help greatly received!
I suppose it might be that she's asking all of you to take a step back from the close reading, and "see the wood for the trees". If you came to this piece fresh, and read it quickly, what would your first impressions be overall? You could then try to identify how this effect arises from the way it was written, move on to look for other more subtle aspects to the piece and your conclusion could be on whether the first impression is the most important thing about the piece, or not...?
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