What is Literary Criticism?
"Literary criticism is the discipline of interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating works of literature" (Gillespie 3). When you view a book with a literary lense, or theory, it can focus, sharpen or distort the meaning of the text.
Read the following quote from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
"And what would you say, Royal, to those listeners who reply that in these dangerous times, it should be 'Wizards first'?" asked Lee.
"I'd say that it's one short steop from 'Wizards first' to 'Purebloods first', and then to 'Death Eaters,'" replied Kingsley. "we're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving" (Rawling 440).
Take a look at your sheet. What "lens" could you analyze this text from?