Note: This page has been put together using David McClean's revision notes on VCE English, with Victoria University. All credit goes to his work.
What is the historical context?
- This will then impact the culture, gender roles, religious beliefs, politics, racial relations etc.
What is the social context?
- Are there any particularly circumstances or customs depicted? Discrimination, social hierarchies or values?
Does the location or setting change?
Is there a direct link or effect between the setting and the characters, relationships, themes or plot?
Look for themes, symbols and patterns in the texts.
Different narrators or characters may also have different styles of language - what may this tell you about them?
Symbols are often used to add depth to the themes (e.g. animals may represent human qualities or bigger ideas, such as the ravens in Burial Rites)
We learn about characters through their stories.
PART I: Key features of the main character
PART II: Comparing characters
PART II: Themes
How have the events unfolded? Chronologically? Flashbacks? Contrasting different viewpoints?
What are the effects of this?
Point of view
A theme is essentially a recurring idea or message.
Make a list of all of the themes in the text.
To do this: