Textual commentary

Throughout the novel, pay close attention to the language used and draw conclusions on the features of style that you notice – look out for the following:

  • word choice
  • imagery
  • sentence structure
  • tone
  • contrast
  • symbolism
  • point of view

All of the above can reveal aspects of character, theme and setting which are key elements in the novel. Pay particular attention to key incidents and moments in which a character’s motivations are clearly displayed, or a theme is further developed.

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