The Historical and Biographical Lenses. What They Are, Why They’re Important and How to Apply Them. Historical. By examining the times and culture the author was immersed in, we can better understand their work A historical lens is necessary to fully understand allusions. New Historicism.
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What They Are, Why They’re Important and How to Apply Them
When did this person live?
What events were occurring at the time that
they may have been influenced by?
Was there a purpose to their work at the time?
Questions to Ask When Examining a Work With the New Historicism Lens:
What was this person’s role in the political,
social or cultural happenings of their time?
Were any biases prevalent at the time
that may have influenced their thinking?
Questions to Ask When Examining a Work Through a Biographical Perspective:
How was this person raised?
Did they suffer through any kind of tragedy or struggle?
What were their personal beliefs?
What age/stage of life were they in when they wrote the work?
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after
The Catcher in the Rye
“Once More to the Lake”