ELA Academy is no longer an active venture, but it’s being left up in case anyone finds these resources helpful.

Analysis is the act of breaking something complex into smaller parts so that you can understand it better. So obviously, it’s a really broad term. On this page you’ll find both literary and rhetorical analysis, which in turn encompass all sorts of things like logical fallacies, methods of persuasion, figurative language, connotation, literary criticism, and more. (Existing blog posts are hotlinked; italicized topics were planned but may or may not be produced now that ELA Academy is inactive.)

Literary Analysis

SAQ Basics #1: Theme

SAQ Basics #2: Characterization

SAQ Basics #3: Symbolism

Overview of Literary Elements (plot, setting, protagonist, antagonist, narrator, dialogue, conflict, mood, theme)

Plot (inciting moment, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution)

Plot “Time Travel”: Foreshadowing, Flashback, and Flashforward

Intro to the Hero’s Journey

Hero’s Journey: Common Archetypes

Figurative Language (metaphor, extended metaphor, simile, personification, metonymy, synecdoche)

Intro to Literary Analysis

Structure of a Literary Analysis Essay

Intro to Literary Criticism (New Criticism, psychoanalytic, structuralism, post-structuralism, feminist, postcolonial, Marxist, New Historicism, cultural studies)

Intro to Utopian Studies (utopia, eutopia, dystopia, anti-utopia)

Rhetorical Analysis

Intro to Rhetoric and Rhetorical Analysis

Intro to Rhetorical Appeals: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos

Analyzing Rhetorical Appeals in Antony’s Funeral Oration (Julius Caesar)

Rhetorical Analysis: SOAPSTone

Rhetorical Devices: Sound Devices (alliteration, rhyme, consonance)

Rhetorical Devices: Repetition (parallelism, anaphora, chiasmus, antithesis, epistrophe, antimetabole, alliosis, epanalepsis, anadiplosis, symploce)

Rhetorical Devices: Juxtaposition

Rhetorical Devices: Comparison (allusion, analogy)

Rhetorical Devices: Examples (anecdote, exemplification, enumeratio

Rhetorical Devices: Specialty Sentences (anastrophe, asyndeton, polysyndeton, loose sentence, periodic sentence, balanced sentence)

Intro to (Informal) Logical Fallacies

Logical Fallacies in The Crucible

Fallacies: Ad Hominem & Poisoning the Well

Fallacies: Straw Man

Fallacies: Post Hoc (Ergo Propter Hoc)

Fallacies: Red Herring

Fallacies: Hasty Generalization

Fallacies: False Alternative

Fallacies: Single Cause

Fallacies: Cherry-Picking

Fallacies: Bandwagon

Fallacies: Appeal to Emotion


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