Phrases for Analysis

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SOME PHRASES, WHICH MAY BE HELPFUL WHILE PREPARING THE ANALYSIS

1. INTRODUCTORY PHRASES
The text under analysis/study is taken from the novel ... belonging to the pen of ..., the famous/ well-known/ celebrated/ popular writer. He belongs to the brilliant school of critical realism/romanticism/modernism, etc The author is the master of psychological analysis.

His works are marked by a deep penetration into the soul of man/keen observation of characters In his work the author provided the best portrait of...
His novels are written with power and brilliance.
His novels and short stories are heavy with satire/sarcasm. The author treats the existing reality negatively and attacks the most common vices of man: cruelty, hypocrisy, greediness, money-worship, etc, The author viewed human nature from all sides

What we value most in N's works is his brilliant/vivid style/ refined treatment of characters/ deep insight into human nature/ powers of psychological analysis/ fine sense of humor/ humanism and optimism/belief in human nature, etc. The author gained his popularity as a short-story writer/playwright/essayist. N's manner of writing is characterized by the sincerity of intonation and spontaneity of presentation N's numerous novels have conquered the world by their intricate and absorbing plots. The author manages to hold the reader's undivided attention from start to finish. His success should be attributed to the fact that...

The author portrays the man against his social background class/ middle class and its responsibilities towards society. Economy of expressive means and simplicity are typical of N. The author's accuracy is most convincing.

The author possessed a keen and observant eye and in his best works he ridiculed Philistinism, narrow-mindedness, hypocrisy, egotism, utilitarian approach to art, etc. N's work is marred by cynicism and disbelief in human nature. N. was a prolific writer.

N. is an incomparable story-teller. He writes with lucidity and almost ostentatious simplicity.

2. PRESENTING THE SUMMARY OF THE TEXT
At (in) the beginning of the text the author describes (depicts, dwells on, touches upon, explains, introduces, mentions, characterizes, analyses, comments on, points out, reveals), etc. The extract opens with ...

The matter stood like this (stood thus).
The action (scene) is laid in.
The opening scene shows (reveals)...
Then (after that, further (on), next) the author passes on to ... (goes on from to, goes on to say that..., gives a detailed (thorough) description (analysis, etc.) of..., digresses from the subject, etc. This is what followed next.

As the story unfolds (as the action develops) we obtain further information about the characters. From (in) the next paragraph we learn that...
Here the extract reaches its culminating point (climax).
In conclusion the author describes (touches upon, etc.)
The author concludes with the description (explanation, mentioning the fact that ...) The extract (story, text) ends with...
To finish with, the author describes...
At the end of the extract (story, text) the author draws the 'conclusion that ... (comes to the conclusion that...) At the end of the story (extract, text) the author sums it all up by saying that .., etc. The concluding words are...

3. OTHER PATTERNS
The extract is permeated with deep concern and sympathy towards... The extract can be subdivided into ... logically complete parts. The extract is practically wholly a narrative (a dialogue, a description), mostly a dialogue and partially a narrative, mostly a description and partially a dialogue, etc. The general atmosphere (tone, slant) of the extract is... As the action develops (unfolds) the general atmosphere changes. The choice of words, syntactical patterns, some expressive means and stylistic devices help the...
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