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Close analysis

By reading texts closely we are able to deconstruct the ways writers and filmmakers achieve particular effects.

Look at these two wall charts that accompany the resource. Associations and connotations of the still images are described and the questions direct you to thinking about how meaning is created through film language.

Similarly with written texts, we can identify words, phrases and structural devices to explore how Yann Martel has created such a convincing narrative.

Read closely this short chapter from the novel then in pairs or groups comment on and analyse how the writer’s choices of structure, form and language create meaning.

Record your analytical comments in each of the three prompt boxes. Use the highlighter tool to indicate the parts of the text that link to your commentary, matching your annotation colour to the background colour of each prompt box to order your notes.

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