Questions tagged [literary-analysis]

Investigation of literary concepts such as plot, point of view, setting, characterization, imagery, etc. Evaluation of how they are used within the work and how the work is influenced by or reflects societal issues, religious themes, ideology, history or myth.

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How integral is legend to the Tolkien Legendarium itself?

Is an essential aspect of Tolkien's creation about legends having their own legends? I ask because for me one of the things that makes Arda so compelling and believable as fantasy is that it is a ...
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Is Interstellar an allegory of the Holy Trinity?

A while back, a friend of mine told me that Christopher Nolan's Interstellar was an allegory for the Holy Trinity. Here was his evidence: SPOILERS... obviously. Too many to mark up. Cooper ...
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Has there been any attempt at literary analysis on the addictive and engaging qualities of JK Rowling's writing? [closed]

I have just started re-reading the Harry Potter series by way of reading it to my youngest child. In doing so, I've been reminded of how fascinated I was by how Rowling's writing pulls the reader in ...
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Is there a widely accepted method of deconflicting various levels/instances of canonicity?

Star wars used to use a tiered system of determining what is and isn't canon, developed by Leland Chee, to cope with having multiple writers contributions. Chee also employs this on his Indiana Jones ...
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Is JK Rowling an architect or a gardener, for her Harry Potter series?

I was watching Brandon Sanderson's lecture called "Gardeners vs Architects": In short, he explains a gardener allows that part of the story (characters and/or plot/...
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Are any Star Wars materials written from the perspective of the droids?

I know that Lucas said he framed the story in the original trilogy around R2-D2 and C-3P0, based on the peasant characters being at the center of the action in Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress. But ...
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Examples of George R. R. Martin's Three step foreshadowing/revelation

In the interview quoted in this answer, Anne Groell mentions a three step revelation strategy for plot elements employed by George R. R. Martin in the A Song of Ice and Fire series: That said, now ...
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Jaime Lannister - “I have dreamed this dream before”

While reading A Storm of Swords I reached the chapter where Jaime is being treated by Qyburn and I want to know more about Jaime's dream: Jaime closed his eyes and let the wine and Qyburn do their ...
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Are there specific tropes/details/etc… that characterized Golden Age of Science Fiction?

Wiki article on the Golden Age of Science Fiction mentions a couple of major developments associated with it, but is pretty thin on comprehensive analysis: Space opera came to prominence ...
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Are there studies gauging the popularity of zombies in popular culture?

In the recent RadioLab podcast "Quicksand," a reporter was able to give exact metrics on the popularity of quicksand by looking at the number of quicksand mentions in movies from 1909 until the ...
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End-of-humanity SF

A recent story-id question introduced me to a Thomas M. Disch novel about the end of humanity while fighting, and losing, against overwhelmingly powerful alien invaders. This was in the early 1960s. ...
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Is Karkaroff's first name (Igor) an allusion to Frankenstein?

Wikipedia sayeth: Igor (or sometimes Ygor) is the traditional stock character or cliché hunch-backed assistant or butler to many types of villain, such as Count Dracula or a Dr. Victor Frankenstein,...
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Term for tricks in literature

In A Clash of Kings, A Song of Ice and Fire - Book 2, Tyrion tells three different stories about Myrcella to three different people in order to discover the fink. That was a great tactic. Is there a ...
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What is the first appearance of a Lich in fantasy literature?

What is the first appearance of a Lich in fantasy literature? I will accepts answers pointing to myths ans sagas and such as well. Edit: For clarity, I'm asking about Liches as defined by Wikipedia: ...
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Why was Scrooge chosen for redemption?

In Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" Scrooge is redeemed by a vist from 4 ghosts who show him the effects of his selfish and unkind behavior and cause him to change his ways. This opportunity for ...
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Are there any scholarly critiques about Ray Bradbury's book, “The Illustrated Man”

I've been searching for a while over critiques or reviews that focus on The Illustrated Man, and there aren't too many. I've already found a couple resources through my University's library. Does ...
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Are any of the characters in Harry Potter books a “Mary Sue”?

Can any of the characters in Harry Potter books be considered a "Mary Sue" character? If so, who and why? A Mary Sue or Gary Stu or Marty Stu is an idealized fictional character, a young or low-...
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Role and significance of Molly Grue

In Peter Beagle's The Last Unicorn, I find the character of Molly Grue is something of a cipher. She seems to serve as a councilor and all-around wisewoman, but never seems to take an active role in ...
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What are the common themes present in both Tolkien's “Lord of the Rings” and Jordan's “Wheel of Time”?

This is probably going to be a rather detailed set of answers. Hopefully someone can come up with a "short list" of common themes. Both sets of books have a distinctive theme of good vs. evil, but ...
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How to keep suspension of disbelief with older works? [closed]

How to keep suspension of disbelief when reading/watching science fiction works written quite some time ago which are happening in what was future then, but is present or even past now? The things ...