THE LITERARY CANON ESSAY ON YOUR TEXT – SOME NOTES
DEPENDING ON THE TASK QUESTION, HERE IS A SUGGESTED INTRODUCTORY STRUCTURE
(START WITH A DEFINITION OF THE CANON) e.g. The Western Canon of English literature is a compilation of literary excellence representative of the attitudes, *values and beliefs of an era. The canon contains literary works that answer human beings’ deepest fears and concerns. To be included in the canon, a novel’s literary value and themes must endure over time, thus still be of influence to contemporary readers. (NAME OF YOUR AUTHOR/TEXT TITLE) is valued as one the greatest novels in western culture, due to its enduring (THEMES/QUALITIES/VALUES) since its publication in (YEAR). (DESCRIBE YOUR NOVEL…BRIEF SUMMARY/RELATIONSHIP TO AUTHOR – WHY AUTHOR WROTE IT). Through this literary work, AUTHOR strived/attempted to (WHAT WAS HE TRYING TO DO?) RELATE WHAT AUTHOR ATTEMPTED TO CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY – YOUR THESIS/3 ARGUMENTS YOU WILL PROVE…
*values – are the qualities that make a text worthwhile to read.
· WHAT VALUE/S DOES YOUR TEXT HAVE? – Make some notes…
o Entertainment value?
o Political value?
o Artistic value?
o Cultural value?
o Historical value?
o Philosophical value?
o Moral value?
o Ethical value?