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Analyzing Fiction

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Needs and Desires: Understand the inner struggles of characters. What are their needs and desires in the beginning, middle, and end? What is Jonas like at the start of the novel, and how or why does he change? What does he want? Conflict: Identify the central conflict. List the protagonist?s friends and enemies. Are there conflicts between characters, between Jonas and his society, or between Jonas and his own self? Motifs: Pay attention to visual cues. Search for symbols or motifs that represent something else. What does the red apple signify in Jonas? colorless world? What does the music that Jonas hears at the end suggest? Subtext: Examine dialogue and action between characters. Does Jonas say or do things he doesn?t want to say or do?

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