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COMMENT ON THE STUDY OF LITERATURE

The study of literature is not like the study of math or science, or
even history. While those disciplines are based largely upon fact,
the study of literature is based upon interpretation and analysis.
There are no clear-cut answers in literature, outside of the factual
information about an author's life and the basic information about
setting and characterization in a piece of literature. The rest is a
highly subjective reading of what an author has written; each
person brings a different set of values and a different background
to the reading. As a result, no two people see the piece of literature
in exactly the same light, and few critics agree on everything about
a book or an author. In this set of PinkMonkey® Literature Notes
for a well-known piece of literature, we at PinkMonkey.com have
tried to give an objective literary analysis based upon the
information actually found in the novel, book, or play. In the end,
however, it is an individual interpretation, but one that we feel can
be readily supported by the information that is presented in the
guide. In your course of literature study, you or your
professor/teacher may come up with a different interpretation of
the mood or the theme or the conflict. Your interpretation, if it can
be logically supported with information contained within the piece
of literature, is just as correct as ours. So is the interpretation of
your teacher or professor.

Literature is simply not a black or white situation; instead, there
are many gray areas that are open to varying analyses. Your task is
to come up with your own analysis that you can logically defend.
Hopefully, these PinkMonkey® Literature Notes will help you to
accomplish that goal.

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