Close Reading & Passage Analysis
I will be returning your "interrupted passage" worksheet, and we will be discussing some strategies for writing a passage analysis, beginning with the formulation of a thesis statement that directly responds to one of the following prompts:
- Tone: Discuss how the letter writer’s style reveals his attitudes toward Victor Frankenstein.
- Characterization: Analyze how Robert Walton’s diction, tone, and selection of details are used to characterizes Victor Frankenstein.
In order to respond directly to the prompt for this exercise, follow this format:
1. Through [syntactical/literary device(s)] Robert Walton [action verb] his [tone quality] toward Victor Frankenstein.
2. Mary Shelly uses Robert Walton's [syntactical/literary devices] to characterize Victor Frankenstein as [quality].
In order to best understand the exposition and central conflict of the beginning of Shelley's novel, you will be working in groups of 2-3 to discuss the quotations from the eWorksheet below.
DOWNLOAD: Part One -- Significant quotations (DOCX)
Reading for Wed (A)/Thu (B): Chapters 7-12. Prepare for quiz
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