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An Anual Literary Reflectioon Essay

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As I recently watched X-Men: Days of Future Past in the theater, I understood what was said in the beginning of the year: everything I see from now on will be analyzed. I could no longer watch the movie for only the plot, but now something inside of me could not help but to analyze each aspect of the movie, from lighting to costume design to specific phrases each character said. I saw how the storyline reflected a hero’s journey and how the each character reflected an archetype.
Throughout my junior year enrolled in AP Literature and Composition, my reading journal mirrored the growth I made by the means of the quality of my notes. Before the school year even began, my notes were steadily ...view middle of the document...

While reading Frankenstein, I noticed psychological terms that were applicable and writing this down both strengthened my understanding in Shelley’s work as well as my understanding in my psychology class. I pondered the fate of Frankenstein’s Monster by writing, “If taken care of, would the monster will be a monster? Debate on internal vs external locus of control” (Frankenstein). The quality of my notes increased as well as my holistic understanding of the later novels in the year.
To be fair to this class, I cannot ignore the struggles I have had to understand the literature and the process. One struggle I spent the majority of the year fighting the urge to procrastinate and shrug off responsibilities until the last days of a unit. It was revealed in my reading journal because, in some instances, my notes did not reflect what I was capable of creating. When I was crunched for time, my notes wobbled in between analysis and quick plot summary. This can be viewed in my notes for William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, when my notes would jump around in complexity of thought. My notes on Addie’s death, “symbolized the family tearing apart or death of a mother’s role in the 1930s. She died early in the book and will probably cause later stresses in the novel” (As I Lay Dying). The inclusion of the “this will probably cause later stresses” was very redundant and unneeded because that was one of the very basic concepts of the storyline and should not need to be explained. I then made it a priority to complete notes the day before they were due so that I could give myself time to soak in the meaning of the work. Another aspect I pushed myself to work past was my struggle in answering the “so what” of each story. I could identify literary techniques but I struggled to grasp what they meant in context of the authors purpose of the story. As the year progressed I learned that crafting a theme came first, and to then work my way backwards back to each individual literary technique’s contribution. Finally, I wrestled with my mind in what to include in my notes. I learned that some literary techniques and some phrases are there just because they are, but commonly they are there for a larger purpose.
Throughout this course, I have learned a great deal about what it means to take notes and how notes can lead to insights I might have otherwise not seen. One of the skills I grasped is how...

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