the various roles which the character performs in the novel
may reveal adifferent persona for each.Remember that the character has been deliberately created by the author and is acomposite of Qualities that the author has observed in those around him. Assuch, while the character has his own 'existence' in the novel, he also representsa type about whom the author wants to make a point. Identify the type.Similarly, the things which the author causes to happen to that character will revealsomething about the author's understanding of the world. Does he believe that we have controlover our lives? Or are we the victims of our situation, or of the manipulative forces around us?Are we helpless puppets controlled by neutral/malign/benevolent forces?4. NARRATOR - consider the benefits - and the dangers - of the omniscient narrator/the firstperson narrator/ the use of multiple narrators5.STYLE -The novel of your choice may be written in a very individual style:stark, lyrical, complex, allusive, satirical, ironic, reliant on dialect or on a created language.In each case, the language should be appropriate and add to the quality of the novel.It should not become a curiosity which distracts the reader from the real issues of the novel.This is true of all prose in novels : language should be a window which allows you a clear Viewof the novel's ideas or themes. It should not obscure.Remember, the style will be dictated by the chosen genre - sci-fi, fantasy,Romance, whodunnit, humorous, satirical novel and each must be analysed and assessed bythe criteria appropriate to each - e.g. what are the elements of comic / ironic writing style? Howdoes a writer make us laugh? And, as he manipulates our emotional responses, how does hemake us cry? hope? despair?love?loathe?6. THEMESThese should emerge from the novel. The author's understanding of human beings and their destiny is embodied in his characters and in the 'events' and outcome of the novel. Plot,characters, setting etc. are merely vehicles for the expression of this world view.7, AUTHORIAL STANCE AND TONEAgain, this will be directly related to the writer's purpose and will emerge from a close readingof the text.(AUTO) BIOGRAPHYIf you choose non-fiction, there will be some similarities and some differences from the criteriafor assessing fiction.i - the characters and events are real and not imaginary, however,ii - the author can ' create' the characters by his manner of presenting them and control our understanding of events by his method of reporting.So, while the work is strictly non-fiction, it is still a construct which reflects the author's purposeand the effect which he hopes to produce in the reader.Consider the following:Which events are selected ; which are given strong emphasis ; which areunderplayed? How are events ordered and structured to ensure emphasis?In terms of style : how are events reported ? how are characters presented? – is the stylematter of fact or clearly biased.Remember, "there is no truth, only the moody perception of witnesses" and the author's' truth'will depend on his purpose for writing. Revenge, ego–trip, sensational revelations, setting therecord straight, celebration?What impression is formed of the author? Is he to be trusted? Is there a clear gap between hisperception of events and yours as reader.
Points for considerationKnowledge of textPatterns of styleRelationships between chapters and charactersCriteria:
Genuine personal involvement in the workDetailed knowledge of the textAwareness of effective techniques