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How to write a fantastic literature explication. What is it?. Explication: a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.;. Why learn it?.

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what is it
What is it?
  • Explication: a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.;
why learn it
Why learn it?
  • You will often be asked to write a clear and developed explication of a literary passage or quotation. In order to write a fantastic literary explication, you just have to follow a few steps.
1 identify the speaker and who they are speaking to
1. Identify the speaker and who they are speaking to.
  • “This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good: if ill, why hath it given me earnest of success, commencing in truth? I am thane of Cawdor: If good, why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair . . . “ (I. III)

Macbeth is the speaker of this quote and he is speaking an aside to himself.

2 discuss the context
2. Discuss the context

Macbeth says this after the witches prophesy about Macbeth becoming the thane of Cawdor comes true.

  • “This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good: if ill, why hath it given me earnest of success, commencing in truth? I am thane of Cawdor: If good, why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair . . . “ (I. III)
3 discuss the meaning
3. Discuss the meaning

Macbeth is expressing his confusion over whether or not to be excited or frightened over his prophesied future. This quote illustrates that Macbeth is transforming into a character whose morals are ambiguous and unclear.

  • “This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good: if ill, why hath it given me earnest of success, commencing in truth? I am thane of Cawdor: If good, why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair . . . “ (I. III)
4 discuss the significance
4. Discuss the significance

This is significant because it illuminates the theme of appearance versus reality. Good and ill used to appear simple to Macbeth, but the reality is that he can no longer tell the difference between the two.

  • “This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good: if ill, why hath it given me earnest of success, commencing in truth? I am thane of Cawdor: If good, why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair . . . “ (I. III)
so the explication would look like this
So, the explication would look like this . . .
  • Macbeth is the speaker of this quote. He is speaking to himself in an aside. Macbeth speaks this aside after the witches prophesy about becoming the thane of Cawdor comes true. Macbeth is expressing his confusion over whether or not to be excited or frightened over his prophesied future. This quote illustrates that Macbeth is transforming into a character whose morals are ambiguous and unclear. This is very significant because it illuminates the theme of appearance versus reality. Good and ill used to appear simple to Macbeth, but the reality is that he can no longer tell the difference between the two.
so what are the four steps
So, what are the four steps?
  • 1. Identify the speaker
  • 2. Discuss Context
  • 3. Discuss Meaning
  • 4. Discuss Significance?
easy write
Easy, write?
  • Now it’s your turn to practice and read some more on the web about writing an excellent passage analysis.
  • Go to the English Sharepoint page and click on “Explication Practice”
  • Follow the directions!
  • Your explication is due next class period.