Close Reading

Close Reading.

I’m working on a Literature exercise and need support.

Basically, a close reading is a focused argument about some very particular feature of a text – a single character, a single setting, a single plot element, a single recurring theme, etc. – in support of a specific, arguable, literary thesis about that particular feature of the text; this thesis usually appears at the end of the first paragraph.

Assume that your reader has read the work you’re discussing, but you’ll still need to give them guideposts to the exact episode or feature of the work you’re discussing; assume they’ve read the book but don’t have it open in front of them and, more importantly, haven’t spent as much time reading it carefully as you have.

5 pages essay, double spaced

Close Reading

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