Next components are due Monday, April 21, 2008
SYNTAX: (sentence structure) Analysis of sentence and phrase patterns._
1. Make some general observations: Are the sentence predominately simple or complex. Long or short? Level of formality? Any fragments? How does the author use syntax to create rhythm and flow of the language? Is there much variety to the sentence pattern? Are sentences loose, periodic, inverted, convoluted?
2. Using one of the same passages above, focus on the author’s syntax choices. What effect is he/she creating? Comment on how these choices help define character, set tone, or further theme.
IMAGERY: Words or phrases that appeal to the five senses—most commonly visual. Look for recurrent images. What function does the imagery seem to serve? Use direct quotations from text to support observations.
SYMBOLISM: When an image is used to suggest complex or multiple meanings (hawk for war, dove for peace, swan for stately beauty), it becomes a symbol. Is the novel highly symbolic? Allegorical? Point out images used as symbols. What function does the symbolism seem to serve? Use direct quotations from text to support observations.