English Literature Subjects
what to talk about in English essays and discussions
When writing or talking about English literature, it is NOT a good idea to just repeat events in a book. What you should do is talk about some of these things:
The Reader or Audience
Choice of Words
Author’s Tools (see tab)
You're off to a good start if you're talking about one of these topics. But it's even better to talk about two or more of these topics together! For example:
“The author talks about Theme X, when Character Y does Z. Character Y doing Z is important for Theme X, because ...[fill in reason why it's important]."
“The reader is confronted by Theme X by the setting of Y. Setting of Y shows Theme X by having the characters doing Z in it often."
“Characters such as X or Y affect the reader by making them feel Z. Theme W is shown when readers feel Z."
The letters X, Y, Z are what you notice or think about in the source material. The reason I use letters X, Y, Z is because English is a mechanical system - it's things doing things together to create a result. In this case, that result is better writing and ideas!
It is just important to remember that any subject must be relevant to your source material (i.e. novel or article).
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