1.11 English 4: Macbeth: Observation, Interpretation and Critique (English Only)

observation The act of noticing and describing events or processes in a careful, orderly way.
interpretation explanation of something not obvious or not meaning the same thing to everyone
critique A detailed analysis and assessment.
constructive useful, wanting to improve
theme A unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work.
characterization Actions, dialogue, and narrative description that reveal a sense of a character’s personality to the reader.
tone Attitudes and presuppositions of the author that are revealed by their linguistic choices (diction, syntax, rhetorical devices)
plot Sequence of events in a literary work
supporting evidence clues, or evidence, from the work to come to a decision about its meaning
perspective (n.) a point of view or general standpoint from which different things are viewed, physically or mentally; the appearance to the eye of various objects at a given time, place, or distance
controversial arousing argument, dispute, or disagreement
observe You read a text and observe the author’s choices.
question to pose questions about what is observed, Ask, “Why did the author make that choice?”
analyze Think of the reasons why the author might have made that choice:
evaluate Judge and decide what the author accomplishes by making those decisions.
plot development the sequence of events in a story and it is generally built around a conflict, and it tells what happens, when, and to whom. it usually includes four stages, exposition, rising action, climax, falling action.
composition the pieces of which something is made
movement motion
source text original text, source of inspiration
inspiration the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
symbols Terms, concepts, or items that represent specific meanings by accepted convention. Symbols are culturally specific.
landscape scenery
audience spectators or listeners
synthesis The combination of parts to make a whole

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