Critical essay

Critical analysis is where you make an argument about a text you have read, providing points to support your case.

Analysis in critical reading

The following is a mind map charting areas for analysis in critical reading.

A mind map charting areas for analysis in critical reading: structure, language, theme, characterisation, setting, plot and narrative

Themes

Theme is not a technique as such, but rather the central idea or ideas explored and developed in the text.

Most texts will explore more than one theme, although they might not all be as significant as each other. Themes are developed through techniques.

For example, the themes explored in Macbeth include guilt, order/disorder and false appearance.

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