Textual Support for Interpretation

Whenever you’re going to interpret a work, you are going to identify the author’s methods. Their tone, their use of language, their plot, major characters, setting.

Then, you’re going to decide on one of those aspects of the writing, pick just one, and evaluate and analyze that one aspect. You want to give your opinion on what the author was trying to do with the use of this character, or with the use of a certain tone. What was their purpose in doing that?

But, you want to make it stronger, and one way that you can make your evaluation, your interpretation of this work stronger is to root your interpretation in the text.

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