This Reading Response forum is worth 10 points. Refer to the grading rubric attached to the discussion topic.
CLOSE READING is a way to look deeper into the text. It is taking a deep breath and pausing to look at literary techniques such as symbols, metaphors, imagery, irony, etc…. It is the joy of digging deeper to unlock multiple meanings of the text.
1. Read the following texts and their notes.**There are literary elements other than those indicated here. However, each example shows one possible interpretation. Think of these as guidelines, and don’t limit yourself to these interpretations.**
As you look through its annotations, note how the various literary elements develop and contribute to the text’s themes and ideas. How might you also pick up on the presence of various literary elements, and the way they express the ideas within the text?
Excerpt from “The Birth-mark“ by Nathaniel Hawthorne with notes
Read the SAMPLE Writing: Annotation and Close Reading of James Joyce’s “Araby,” in The Norton Introduction to Literature, pp. 314-315.
2. Close Reading of a Text: FICTION
Example: Symbolism: Birthmark (Discussion)
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