My fourth year students approach the study of the rise of the novel and its evolution.
That fragment of the school syllabus is complemented with a short set of lessons on the distinguishing elements of fiction, their definitions and variety.
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During the school year my students are asked to read and analyze a few novels, on which they’ll report in their written or speaking tests. The following QUESTIONNAIRE provides some guidelines on all the aspects to consider.
QUESTIONS FOR A GUIDED ANALYSYS TO PROSE WORKS (NOVELS OR EXTRACTS)
When you have to analyze a prose text on your own, or prepare for an oral or written test collect all significant information relevant to the following items
Title and type of text:……………………. Taken from ………………. Written or published in…..
Is the date is relevant to the author’s biography or the historical period he/she lived in? – If so, how?
Is the title relevant to meaning?
(The following questions will help you analyse the details of the various ELEMENTS OF FICTION)
When and where is the story set?
Is the setting briefly sketched or is it described in detail?
Are the descriptions of setting based on visual images?
Is the language used in the description connotative or poetic?
Through whose eyes is the setting seen? Does the setting reveal the characters’ state of mind?
Does the setting:
contribute towards creating mood and atmosphere?
influence the characters’ behaviour?
reinforce the main theme of the work?
At what time of day/year does the most of the action take place? Is this relevant?
Are the events in the plot in chronological order? Does the plot start at the beginning of the story or in medias res? What effect do these choices have on the story?
Is the story based on conflict? Does the conflict come from outside or inside? What are the conflicting forces?
Is suspense created in the plot? If so, how?
Are there any subplots ? What are their functions?
Does the author use a first-person or third-person narrator?