December, 2011

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Dear Reader,

 This website presents my analysis of the short story The Penal Colony and a summary of the literary skills I’ve acquired in my literary class. Taking this class has definitely heightened and improved my technique to literary processing. It is my hope that the presentation of the literary analysis performed on Colony, provides you with a new perspective on the story and informs the methods you will use to dissect the texts you read and find new literary value and meaning that you had not previously discovered.

When it comes to reading news stories, I’m very good at analyzing the text that pertains to corporate transactions and political activity. I would say I’m exceedingly good at dissecting personal statements from corporate and political leaders and perceiving the true meaning of their words. I thought applying these skills to literary text would be simple, but instead, doing so has proven to be my biggest weakness. I’ve trained myself to fully understand only periodical texts. When it comes to literature however, I realized that I needed a whole new set of literary tools to analyze what I was reading and derive any value from it. The literary devices that I’ve learned in this class are somewhat hard to understand. I would compare it to a person looking at technical analysis for the first time and trying to understand what exactly the charts are explaining about the data. If you know how to read the chart and make inferences from that representation of the data, you can arrive at very interesting observations. However, before you learn to skills to read charts, doing so can be very intimidating. Like performing technical analysis, there are multiple ways to analyze a literary text and depending on which method is used, the reader can extract a variety of meanings. Until you learn the skills, you are very uneasy about every assignment asking you to analyze the text in this way, or that way. After multiple assignments that put this ability to the test, the approaches I’ve learned have informed the way I read and analyze everything.

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