Textual Analysis Homework

Please complete a response on the Prose Fiction Textual Analysis question in the 2016 past paper, based on the short story ‘Explaining Death to the Dog’. This should be handed in Monday 18th December.




Structuring Textual Analysis and Literary Study Responses

A guide on how you could go about structuring your notes, plans and responses for Textual Analysis and Literary Study. This could also be a handy approach to take for your dissertations.

Structuring Textual Analysis and Literary Study Responses

Example Advanced Higher work

Afternoon dears,

Have a look at the SQA’s Understanding Standards website – it’s got example scripts and commentary from markers, so you can see what kind of thing scores well, and what needs more work.

This will help prepare you for your Literary Study essay next week.



Dover Beach Textual Analysis Feedback

  • Need to establish a clear overall argument/evaluative stance – what is the significance of the scene Arnold describes? What themes/concepts are explored? How does he do this?
  • Only a couple of you actually mentioned pathetic fallacy as a technique – TECHNIQUES ARE ESSENTIAL!!!
  • Not many people picked up on the shift in atmosphere, moving from positive imagery to a sense of loss as the poem progresses.
  • Some of you thought this was a war poem – interesting interpretation, but it’s not.
  • Also, a lot of people shied away from the structure here – don’t be afraid of it, as dealing with it head on can really enhance your analysis, i.e. the ‘muddled’ rhyme scheme here is actually a mixed up sonnet in the first section of the poem, not only breaking with tradition, but creating a sense of disharmony and uncertainty.
  • Lots of people not annotating their poems – so helpful, please try to do this, as well as plan.
  • Some responses particularly short and lacking depth – what you have is fine, but there’s nowhere near enough of it. You have an hour and a half. Get to it.

Sylvia Plath Presentations

Hello folks,

To help your critical analysis, and future revision, here’s a collection of the Plath presentations you all delivered before the holidays.