Филологический анализ текста

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Part 1. The author and his book, the problems he deals with.
Part 2. The setting, the structure and the plot.

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Part 1. The author and his book, the problems he deals with.

1.The author ranks among …; he belongs to the school of critical realism (romantic or modernistic school); he is appreciated mainly for short stories; the author is known for the depth and subtlety of his psychological portraits; is known for the peculiar sense of humour; his satire is directed against …; he responds to the most urgent social issues of the day; with irony and compassion; keen understanding; he reveals   the modes and manners of the changing world with all its excitements and frustrations; he is a shrewd observer; he deeply

penetrates into the problems of… 

2. The author's main work.

3. The place of the book among other works of his. The book (story) under discussion is a part of trilogy, is taken from the collection of short stories, is his well-known novel, etc.

4 The book deals with (the problem of war and peace, personal relations in society, vices of society fate of an artist, fate of a little man. generation gap, the problem of a child growing up into an adult, degradation of a man, frustration of a creative man in a pragmatic world, hopelessness of life  brought about  by age, loss of love, financial and moral disasters); the work is written in the realistic tradition attempting to see life as it is with emphasis on the difficulties, absurdities and ironies of life; on imagination and sentiment; in the naturalistic, symbolic, allegorical etc. tradition.

5. The title of the book. (It may be suggestive or misleading).


Part 2. The setting, the structure and the plot.

The particular time and physical location of the story form the setting. It can have various functions in the story: I) it can provide a realistic background 2) it can evoke the necessary atmosphere. 3) it can help describe the characters indirectly.

Any work of fiction consists of relatively independent elements - narration, description, dialogue, interior monologue, digressions, etc. Narration is dynamic, it gives a continuous account of events. Description is static, it is a verbal portraiture of an object, person or thing. Through the dialogue the characters are better portrayed.  Interior monologue renders the thoughts and feelings of a character. Digression consists of an insertion of material that. has no immediate relation to the theme or action. It may be lyrical, philosophical or critical. The interrelation between different components of a literary text is called composition.

The plot is an arrangement of meaningful events.  Sometimes a plot follows the chronological order of events. At other times there are jumps back and forth in time (flashbacks and foreshadowing).

The four structural components  of the plot  are exposition, the body of the text and complication, climax 
and denouement.

Exposition contains a short presentation of time, place and characters of the story. The body of the text is its main part. Complication is .a .separate incident helping to unfold the action and might involve thoughts and feelings as well.

Climax is the decisive moment on which the fate of the characters and the final action depend. It is the point at which the forces in the conflict reach the highest intensity. Denouement means "the untying of a knot" which is precisely what happens in this phase.

The way a story is presented is a key element in fictional structure. It is important to distinguish between the author, the person who wrote the story and the narrator the person or voice telling the story. The author may select a first-person narrative when one of the characters tells of things that he or she only saw or felt or a third-person narrative when it is written on behalf of an observer, a secondary character, etc.

The extract may present (description of the character's relation to…; psychological portrait; description of the main character in a crisis; the character's meditations on…)

The description of nature (it may serve as a background of character's thoughts, may show a glaring contrast between the feelings of the character and the harmony of nature). The story may touch upon very significant problems: it may be devoted to one of the basic problems of man's life, the background of the story is…; it brings out the problem of…

The tone may be vivid, credible, convincing, objective, sincere, emotional, touching, analytic, generalizing, critical, subjective, prejudiced.

The general tone of the story may be matter-of-fact humorous, ironic, sarcastic, romantic dramatic, tragic, sad,  bitter, pessimistic, nostalgic.


3. The characters.

Characters are called round if they are complex and develop or change in the course of the story.  Flat characters  are usually one-sided, constructed round a single trait.

The conflict  may be external (between human beings or between man  and the environment). The internal conflict takes place in the mind.  The two parties in the conflict are called the protagonist and his or her  antagonist. The description of the different aspects of a character is known as characterization when the author describes the character himself, or makes another do it, it is direct characterization. When the author shows the character in action, and lets the reader judge for himself the author uses the indirect method of characterization.

A character may be (affable, amiable, good-natured, good-humoured, kind, sociable, friendly, modest, discreet, generous, considerate, attentive, thoughtful, earnest, sincere, enthusiastic, quiet, calm, composed, 
self-possessed, honest, merciful, impartial, just, patient, sympathetic, respectable, cordial, .broad-minded, 
witty, intelligent, dignified, capable, philanthropic, scrupulous, easy-going, affectionate, devoted, loyal, 
courageous, persevering, industrious, hard-working, sweet, gentle, proud, strong-willed, intelligent, smart, 
neat, bright, resourceful, full of ideas, brave, having perfect control of...) or ( ill-natured, unkind, reserved.,   unsociable, hostile,   haughty,   arrogant,   dashing,   showy,   indiscreet,   unscrupulous,   greedy, inconsistent, tactless, insincere, hypocritical, false, vulgar, double-faced, indifferent, dispassionate, fussy, dishonest, cruel, partial, intolerant, conceited, self-willed, perverse, insensible, inconsiderate, deceitful, harsh, sulky, sullen, obstinate, coarse, rude, vain, impertinent, impudent, revengeful, ignorant, snobbish, shallow)

A character's mood may be (sentimental, content, happy, miserable, elated, angry, hardly keeping his temper on the point of, bursting into tears, romantic).

The author may describe the character in detail, but do not pass his judgement on him and to reveal his standpoint we have to consider various elements of the text structure which are expressive in this aspect. The character's background, the desires, motivating his behaviour may be given alongside with his actions. Psychological condition of the character may be evident in his speech and characteristics.


4. The theme and personal impressions of the story.

The theme of a story is like unifying general idea about life that the entire story reveals. The author rarely 
gives a direct statement of the theme in a story. It is up to the reader to collect and combine all his 
observations and finally to try to formulate the idea illustrated by the story. The most important 
generalization is sometimes referred to as the message. The message depends on the writer's outlook, and 
the reader may either share it or not.

There are no hard and fast rules about text interpretation but one is usually expected to sum up the contents and express his overall view of the story.

The reader may (enjoy the story, be favourably impressed by side with the author completely on assumption that, share his views, not see eye to eye with the author, resent smth.. asses highly, not think much, object to the idea.



Where is the scene laid? When do the events described in the book take place? Who are the characters of the 
book? What are their names and appearance? Do their speech characteristics help understand them better? 
What are the bare facts of the story? What is the exposition, complication, climax and denouement? Is the end 
clear-cut and conclusive or does it leave room for suggestion? On what note does the story end? Is the plot of 
major or minor importance? Who tells the story? Is the narrative factual / dry/ emotional? Are the events 
credible or melodramatic?

Are the characters credible? With what main problem is the protagonist faced? Is it a conflict with another individual /with society/ within himself? How does the characters reveal themselves or change as the plot develops? Does the narrator sympathize with the characters / remains aloof' and detached? Are the characters masters of their fate or victims of circumstances? What was the conflict and how was it solved, if at all? Does the author raise questions? Does he try to solve them or does he leave it to the readers to do it? What is the general tone of the story? What is  the general tone of the story? What attitude to life does the story express?

 What conclusion about life and people does the story lead to? How much does the story help readers understand human nature and psychology of people, the nature of conflicts they face?






















1.The author,  his works,  problems

- to rank among outstanding writers...

- to belong to realistic ( modern…)  school…

- to deal with the problem of war and peace

            - to bring out a problem of vices of society

- to probe into the problem of personal relations in a pragmatic society

                                            - a fate of an artist                                            

                                            - the little man

                    - social problems

                    - some painful problems

                    - degradation of a man

                    - conflict of generations

                    - frustration of a creative man in a pragmatic world

 - to ridicule some aspects of (American life)

- the personality of the author .and his life experience influence the subject of his works and the way  it  is treated

  -the author is known for the depth  and.subtlety of his psychological portraits

- to be known for the peculiar sense of humour

- his/her satire is directed against the mediocre, the conventional, the common


- his/her style is famous for its closeness to the sound of live speech

- to be appreciated mainly for short stories

- to feel keenly and to respond to the most urgent social issues of

 - to subdue tones and  colours and to leave one's main message in implication

 - with irony, sad compassion, keen understanding he reveals in his novels and stories the modes and manners of the changing world all its excitements and frustrations

- his/her works deal with hopelessness of life brought about by age, loss of love, sickness, financial and moral disasters

  - to be a conscious stylist carefully selecting the most appropriate means to convey the true characters of the personages and also his/her view on them

- a shrewd observer, the author deeply penetrates into the problems

2. The book: the problems, the main conflict of the book

                          man against man                     

                           man. against environment (nature, fate, society…)

                           man against himself

3.The place of the particular extract in the book, his importance, the author's message

    the extract may present:

    • description of the character's  relations

- psychological portrait

- narration of events

- description of the main character in a crisis

- the climax of the story showing:

 - the character's meditations on… making it possible for the reader    to see the inner world of the character

                                                     - the description of nature (it may serve as a background of the character's thoughts, may show a glaring contrast between the feelings of the character and the harmony of nature


  the extract may deal with the painful search for values

  - to be devoted to one of basic problems of man's life - what is true and what is false about such notions as honesty, honour, dignity

- to focus on the theme of...

- the story touches upon very significant problems (many sides of human relationships)

- the background of the story is…

- to reveal through a particular event a painful social conflict

- to deal with poverty, destitutions, and hopelessness of the conditions under which Black Americans live more than a century after slavery was abolished and they were granted freedom and equality

- to bring out a problem  of….

4. The structure

- to fall into…  parts

- to consist of …distinct parts

5. The retelling of the extract

the plot runs as follows …

by way of (introduction, protest…)

6. The sort of the interpretation of the text:

1) the point of view from which the story is written – on behalf of…

                                                                                  - unusual polyphonic narration (different voices are heard)                                                                                - the story is entrusted to the naïve narrator (a child) who can observe all the facts but cannot join them into a cause-affect sequence                                                                         

- the story, told in the 1st person singular produces the impression on an authentic monologue

Advantages: sincere, credible, emotional, convincing, objective, naïve, touching, non-committal

Disadvantages: inconvincing, improbable, subjective, ignorant of smth, prejudice

2) the development of the plot, the form of the story:

a description: of a place, circumstances, character, of the mood in connection with some events, meditations, nature

a narration: dynamic, events develop swiftly, fast, slowly

a dialogue: reserved. full of implications, lively, natural, true to life, sentimental, artificial, etc.

the speech, the character may reveal: his background (education, upbringing, social status…)

the characters: sincere, reserved, friendly, ironic, outspoken, witty, quick-tempered.

the character's psychological make-up, his mood: happy, miserable, resentful, indignant, on the point of tears, in despair, frustrated, etc…

interrupted by bits of …

the conversation plays an important part in the story because the manner in which each person speaks suggests his character (state of mind)

there is no dynamism in the movement of the plot

3) the character drawing: of high (low) integrity…

                                        determination of character

                                        a man of strong will

                                        a romantic nature

                                        intelligent, smart, neat, bright, resourceful, full of ideas, brave, to have a perfect control of, sincere, quick-witted, just, cruel,

depth of feeling, subtlety of mind, compassion

sympathy, pride, unconquerable spirit

profound inside, guilty conscience

ignorance, obstinacy, snobbery, hypocrisy

brutality, shallowness, indifference

inability to cope with …, as a smart

to offer explicit (implicit) characterization


- the author describes the character in detail but does not pass judgement on him and to reveal his standpoint we consider elements of various of the text structure which are expressive in this aspect

- the past of the character, the desires motivating his behaviour are given alongside with his actions

   the character is rough and tough at first sight

   the character proves to be inwardly insecure and vulnerable

- the story shows this confrontation and independence of the outward and inward

- the author's bitterness and frustration, disillusionment and hopelessness when he thinks about… are mingled with sympathy, understanding and compassion

- psychological condition of the character is evident in his speech characteristics though is not judged by the author, her characteristics can be assembled from her actions, thoughts, remarks, the author condemns her (sympathises with her)

- in the story we see no open evaluation given by the author, but we are quick to understand that his affections and concerns with his characters

- the character (his feelings, emotions) is described most elaborately his past and present life, his thoughts and emotions are made clear

- he is put into the most significant position to convey the writer's message

- the change of weather from … to … creates a contrast which stresses the conflict between the character's desires of peace and rest and his will to act and live

- to act in (out of) character

- the character is given statistically (in development)


4) The general tone, the way time is treated: matter-of-fact, humorous, ironic, sarcastic, poetic, romantic, dramatic, tragic, sad, bitter, pessimistic, nostalgic.


5) Linguistic analysis

to resort to a number of expressive means and stylistic devices

to achieve … effect, to convey the author's message

to contribute to the idea of

  1. syntax:

 in description – more complicated; compound sentences with subordinate clauses of; complex sentences involving a number of clauses serve to give the detailed description of the character's state of mind (misery, fear, anger, hostility, despair, guiltiness, confusion)


to make the description more associative the author makes use of …


in narration the syntax is more simple

    • the abundance of verbs denotes quick actions (fast)
    • the narration is syntactically complicated, it contains compound sentences involving numerous clauses
    • the manner of narration is objectively neutral, still, it is possible to say that the author condemns the situation as there are indications to that in the syntax (vocabulary, composition)

in conversation the colloquial character is kept up (sustained) both in the syntactical and lexical levels

    • the dialogue is full of implications and understatements
    • the writer reflects the norms of colloquial speech in all its peculiarities - syntax (ellipsis, short sentences), vocabulary (set expressions, repetitions); they allow him to create the effect of naturalness of the conversation
    • the abrupt change of sentence length and structure contributes to the expressiveness of the extract
    • in the opening sentences with adverbial modifiers the writer draws the reader's attention to the time, place, manner of action which gives reality to the narrated events
    • there is a number of language means which stress the opposition between …
    • the author resorts to exclamatory and interrogative sentences to show the character's psychological make up; the character is obviously under the stress of very strong emotion

b)lexical level:

- the choice of means is predetermined by the general tone and the message the author is trying to convey

- expressing his attitude to the character the author uses the semantic group of words to show what … is like

- the author's viewpoint is realized in the text through the choice of the vocabulary to form implication and through the arrangement of compositional elements

- to make the description colourful the author uses simple (sustained) metaphors, similes, epithets

- the choice of the appropriate words and sentence patterns determined the emotional impact the story has on the reader

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