Comparative Literature: Is Every Detail More Than It Seems

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What to Look for in Setting. LandscapeWeatherSeasonLocation (country, etc.)TimeMovement or change. What to Look for in Tone. PatternsLanguage SoundsWord Length and Syllables (rhyme and rhythm)Repetitive WordsImagery (visual, aural, gustatory, olfactory, tactile, kinetic, kinesthetic)Figur

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1. Comparative Literature: Is Every Detail More Than It Seems?

2. What to Look for in Setting Landscape Weather Season Location (country, etc.) Time Movement or change

3. What to Look for in Tone Patterns Language Sounds Word Length and Syllables (rhyme and rhythm) Repetitive Words Imagery (visual, aural, gustatory, olfactory, tactile, kinetic, kinesthetic) Figurative Language (paradox, hyperbole, metaphor, etc.) Unintended Consequences

4. What to Look for in Tone (contd) Correspondences and Inconsistencies between Setting and Language Use Solitary Symbols and Repetitive Symbols Narration Emotional Distance from reader Intent vs. Stated Intent

5. Character Physical Description, especially highly distinguishing characteristics like scars, marks, physical “prosthesis (leg, hearing aid, eyeglasses) unusual hair, etc. Language Use Mannerisms Changes in attitude or action Causes for any changes

6. Character (continued) Correspondences and Inconsistencies Between Physical appearance and moral reality Perceived “weaknesses” and actual “strengths” Perceived “strengths” and actual “weaknesses” Actions and Words Private Actions and Public Actions Words to Friends and Words to Foes Action on stormy seas and action on calm seas

7. Narration (Point of View) Which person speaks (“I” narrator or a faceless, voiceless, characterless, but all-knowing narrator?) What do you know about the speaker? Can the speaker be trusted (veracity and judgment) In all situations; in most situations In some situations; In few situations In no situations What does the narrator have to gain by being forthright?

8. Theme Repetition of Words What are the names about? Symbols might be archetypes? Eternal Story What are the Conflicts What is the appearance of everything and everybody vs. what is the reality

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