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How to Analyze a Novel (easy)

Published: 02.11.2010, Updated: 26.07.2016
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What is a novel? A "novel" in English = a “roman” in Norwegian. (A “novelle” in Norwegian = a "short story" in English.)

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We have used Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as an example, but there are many books to choose from. YOU don't have to pick a Harry Potter book.

(When studying the sections below you will find text extracts included where required.)

  1. What is a Novel?  
  2. Setting  
  3. Characters and Characterization  
  4. Plot  
  5. Narrator and Point of View  
  6. Conflict  
  7. Theme  
  8. Style 

A Final Piece of Advice

boy and girl in close of View  If you are asked to analyze a novel or make a book report, you will often be asked to do it in the form of an essay where you may be asked to give your opinion of the novel at the end. Choose the elements that made the greatest impression on you. Point out which character/characters you liked best or least and always support your arguments.

Now, you are ready to analyze Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Good luck! If you need further help, you may get ideas by checking this website: Sparknotes - Harry Potter.

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