An analytic response focuses on the deeper meaning as opposed to a summary. An analysis includes identifying the setting, purpose, symbolism, and theme(s) of a piece of writing to grasp the underlying meaning.
- Setting – The setting is where and when the story takes place.
- Purpose – What was the author hoping to accomplish or communicate in writing this story?
- Symbolism – A symbol is a character, place, thing or event that stands for something else, often an abstract idea.
- Theme – A theme is a general message or insight into life revealed through a literary work. It is basically what the writer suggests about people or life.