Dr. Alex E. Blazer Curriculum Vita Teaching Portfolio

Literary Analysis

What does literature mean? What does literature do? How does literature function? What themes—what truths—might literature confront us with? First and foremost, at the heart of literature is friction; at the heart of darkness lies intense internal conflict. However, the other elements of literature function to not only illustrate but also develop those internal conflicts. A question about one element of literature will overlap with another element and will always point to the core conflict that the text issues. Use these strategies for reading, analyzing, and writing about literature to help you analyze any literary text.



  1. conflict

  2. character

  3. setting

  4. imagery

  5. symbolism

  6. plot and structure

  7. point of view

  8. tone

  9. theme

  10. fiction and/as film