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COMMENT ON THE STUDY OF LITERATURE
The study of literature is not like the study of math or science,
or even history. While those disciplines are based largely upon
fact, the study of literature is based upon interpretation and
analysis. There are no clear-cut answers in literature, outside of
the factual information about an author's life and the basic
information about setting and characterization in a piece of
literature. The rest is a highly subjective reading of what an
author has written; each person brings a different set of values
and a different background to the reading. As a result, no two
people see the piece of literature in exactly the same light, and
few critics agree on everything about a book or an author. In
this set of PinkMonkey® Literature Notes for a well-known
piece of literature, we at PinkMonkey.com have tried to give an
objective literary analysis based upon the information actually
found in the novel, book, or play. In the end, however, it is an
individual interpretation, but one that we feel can be readily
supported by the information that is presented in the guide. In
your course of literature study, you or your professor/teacher
may come up with a different interpretation of the Mood or the
theme or the conflict. Your interpretation, if it can be logically
supported with information contained within the piece of
literature, is just as correct as ours. So is the interpretation of
your teacher or professor.
Literature is simply not a black or white situation; instead,
there are many gray areas that are open to varying analyses.
Your task is to come up with your own analysis that you can
logically defend. Hopefully, these PinkMonkey® Literature
Notes will help you to accomplish that goal.
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