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Lecture 2

THEA 1100 Lecture 2: chapter 2

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THEA 1100
Hanna R.Cusick

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Chapter 2
Analyzing the Selection
Analyze Structural Components
1. Understanding word’s meaning
a. Denotative- what a word means explicitly, dictionary definition
b. Connotative- suggestions and overtones associated with word, goes beyond the
2. Finding out who the Persona is
a. The speaker, controlling voice who tells us what we need to know
3. Locus- physical/psychological position, the location
a. Where/when/what’s going on (past, present, future)
b. Where the mind of the speaker is, feelings/emotions of how speaker feels, can
change throughout
4. Climax
a. Logical climax- point where conflict becomes so intense that resolution occurs
with one outcome
b. Emotional climax- moment of highest emotional impact
b.i. Both can coincide or can be separate
Analyze Aesthetic Components
1. Proportion/Rhythm- overlap/affect one another
2. Unity- combining/ordering parts that make the whole text
a. Persona/locus
3. Harmony- connection between idea and the way idea is expresses
a. word choice and sentence structure
4. Variety- when two similar things differ in one or more ways
5. Contrast- differences between associated things
6. Balance/proportion- proportion provides balance
7. Rhythm- from interaction of logical/emotional content
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