From Brittany Gurgle's close reading: On a table in the middle of the room was a kind of a lovely crockery basket that had apples and oranges and peaches and grapes piled up in it which was much redder and yellower and prettier than real ones is, but they warn't real, because you could see where pieces had got chipped off and showed the white chalk or whatever it was, underneath.
Literary analysis involves examining these components, which allows us to find in small parts of the text clues to help us understand the whole. In Eiseley's next sentence, we find that this encounter "happened far away on a rainy morning in the West.
Fiction writers and poets build texts out of many central components, including subject, form, and specific word choices. All outside was irrational, extraneous, at best raw material for spider. How did these elements come together?
A sample close reading essay is available online. A paragraph about the volta. Is one worse than the other?