January 20th, 2015
Reading and writing is essential to our lives; we read and write every day in at least one way, shape, or form. Just about any educated person can read and write, but reading and writing on a scholarly or literary level demands a higher level of knowledge and understanding. There are a wide variety of aspects of literature to take into account when writing literature. Some aspects are familiar to most people: theme, setting, and characterization, among others. Meanwhile, there are certain aspects of literature that require a higher level of understanding such as style, tone, atmosphere, and figurative language. Every writer has a different method of writing, but for the most part, writers use a general structure when composing a new piece of literature. Each type of literary piece (narratives, poems, essays, speeches) has a different structure due to different reasons - each category of literature has one or more ways to shape and form the writing, but it depends on the overall purpose and type of publication. Critically thinking about literary writing is less tricky than it sounds. Critical thinking merely requires deep thought and examination. Challenging assumptions and observing different perspectives is the most important part of literary critical thinking.
Literary elements are the foundation to effective writing. The common literary elements that we have been exposed to since elementary school are the building blocks of good writing. Without a setting, set of characters, or a theme, would we have been interested in reading as children? Probably not. Stories as well as all other literary writing require certain elements that give meaning and purpose to the words that are being read. The elements that distinguish one author from the next are elements like style, tone, and purpose. If every author had similar, or even identical writing styles, people would get bored and there would be no...
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