It’s been a while, hasn’t it? It feels nice to get back to writing and chatting with y’all.
But today, I’m gonna teach you guys how to read through a critical lens. What does that mean? you say.
To read through a critical lens is essentially to read through a different perspective other than your own. It helps you see the world differently and literature, too. You’re analyzing the text through a whole new view, and various themes, symbols and motifs will appear throughout the text.
The different criticisms include:
- Feminist - focuses on patriarchy and the social, economic, psychological and educational oppression of women throughout time.
- Psychoanalytical - the method of reading through a Freudian psychological perspective. Focuses on complexity and why the character(s) act(s) the way they are. The text is also focused on the author rather than the actual characters.
- Marxist - about social and political affairs. Marxist theory sees the author’s work as a “reflection of the times”— meaning the social hierarchy.
- New Historicist - this expands on the history behind the text and how they’re connected.