Literary Analysis

What does literature mean? What does literature do? How does literature function? What themes—what truths—might literature confront us with? First and foremost, at the heart of literature is friction; at the heart of darkness lies intense internal conflict. However, the other elements of literature function to not only illustrate but also develop those internal conflicts. A question about one element of literature will overlap with another element and will always point to the core conflict that the text issues. Use these strategies for reading, analyzing, and writing about fiction, poetry, and film to help you analyze any literary text. Use this Literary Terms and Definitions site to cursorily explain literary vocabulary.

Fiction

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Poetry

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Film

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