Analyse a scene.
HOW does the WHAT reflect the WHY? This magic question can help you analyze and interpret just about any piece of literature. Use this framework to analyze a scene in the book you are reading. Start by looking at what the author is saying, then consider the meaning behind it (the why). Finally, consider how you might achieve a similar result in your own writing.
In your response take an extra-deep dive into the scene you have chosen and think critically about what the author is doing and how they are doing it. Use the formula of “HOW does the WHAT reflect the WHY?” and apply it to a short section of the book.
Now that you’ve finished your book, it’s time to do an in-depth analysis. Choose a single scene out of the entire book and consider the following elements.
The WHAT. What is happening in the scene? Who are the characters involved? Where are they and what are they doing?
Sarah and Beatrice are the main characters in the scene I’ve chosen. Sarah is at Beatrice’s apartment in a less-well-off area of Paris and they’re having a heart to heart.
The WHY. Why is this event important to the book? What deeper meaning can you draw from this scene? What is the author trying to say and why?
This event is important to the book, because, to quote from the text, it’s like the missing pieces of the puzzle snap into place for Sarah regarding Beatrice and it is something I did not expect and it had me going “Wow, that came out of nowhere!”
I was also thinking “Yes, that’s what I was wondering about or wanting to know all along.”
I think the author is trying to say that, despite the tough exterior and the front Beatrice puts with her attitude towards running the shop, her hostility, apparent jealousy towards the other characters in the book and her almost bullying of Sarah as a newcomer that Beatrice has a sensitive and vulnerable side to her.
The author focuses on the questions Sarah has in her mind which are the same ones I as the reader wanted answered. The author also focuses on Beatrice putting things into perspective about her life and seems more relaxed around Sarah than at other points in the books.
The HOW. What effect does this moment have on you, the reader? How is the author achieving this effect? What techniques is the author using to direct your attention or elicit certain emotions?
I was surprised, shocked and also started to feel for Beatrice more than I had before. The author goes deeper inside Beatrice here than at any time in the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Reading Challenge and I would definitely do it again if there’s a repeat of this event in the future. I learnt so much about book terminology and analysis techniques which I didn’t know before.