Analyzing the Message (Inductive, Critical)



Analyzing textual phenomenon: How does the part fit into the whole – interrelatedness & patterns of meaning

Theoretical, Interpretation-Generating Questions: “How?”

(How does this text communicate and/or generate its meaning and message?

How do the parts fit into the whole? [ie, How the text refers to the message about life and the world that the author wants us to understand, whether implied or stated.] )


NOTE: When analyzing the meaning of various visual, literary, and technical elements, you may need to situate these within the broader socio-cultural, historical, and literary contexts within which the text is immersed: See apple exercise and diagram below.







The World of the Text