New PDF release: How to Begin Studying English Literature

By Nicholas Marsh

ISBN-10: 033364090X

ISBN-13: 9780333640906

ISBN-10: 1349137995

ISBN-13: 9781349137992

How to start learning English Literature has tested itself as probably the most winning and well known introductory scholar courses within the box. This fourth version has been totally revised and improved all through, and now comprises extra examples and statement on texts in addition to a 3rd essay-writing bankruptcy, tackling critics and context.

This ebook exhibits the reader the way to method novels, performs and poems, that includes chapters on issues, characters, constitution, type, irony and research. furthermore, sections on revision, tests and additional improvement of research abilities make this e-book a useful spouse for a person starting to learn English literature.

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I found that Elizabeth gives a confused reacton to this problem: she searches for love but seems over-angry about the need for money in marriage. Now I can broaden my view of her character, building on what I found out from one crisis, and ask: LOOKING AT CHARACTERS 37 how do Elizabeth's experiences in the novel as a whole relate to its concern with money and love in marriage? There are two particular ways in which characters and themes relate to each other and which help us to see what we are looking for in the text at this stage.

The complications of the plot explore the complex nature of the characters and the big issues of the text, and put themes and characters under pressure to force them to an outcome. In the resolution, something drastic finally happens, something which solves problems and mysteries, and either happily or disastrously clears up the complications of the plot. In this last section you can expect the characters to die, marry, or come to terms with their fate: the villain is revealed, the falsely accused is set free, the foundling discovers his parents, the new king is crowned or the tragic hero dies.

In the first act, then, Othello's character dominates the play: everything revolves around him. I will be comparing Othello's character with the threepart structure of Othello in the next step, then, because I can see how he dominates the exposition. I will expect to find the shape of the play reflected in what happens to Othello. 2 Ana[yse the text In this step we want to find out how the structure we have found gives shape to the actual life of the text. Do this simply by comparing the development of the character or theme you have chosen with the three sections of the text in turn.

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