What does this mean: "Analyze a quote from the text that really 'spoke' to you"?

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kateanswers eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It sounds like your instructor has given you an assignment to really engage with the text you have read! Maybe phrasing the question differently will be helpful...

Was there any part of the text that really stood out to you?

Were there any lines in particular that made the whole text "click" for you?

Were there any lines which helped you to relate to a character or the narrative of the text?

Were there any lines of the text that you felt you had to read again or take a moment to think over?


If the answer to all of these questions is, "no," perhaps your instructor might accept an analysis-based paper on why you didn't feel you connected with the text. If you are able to narrow down a few excerpts or quotes from the text which did have an impact on you, share what made it so. Did the lines of the text stand out to you because of experiences you've had in your own life? Perhaps they were especially well worded, or told an important event in the text? Consider these lines in relation to the rest of the text and its context. How do those lines which stood out to you fit into the "world" of the text, as well as the world you live in?

For more tips on conducting a literary analysis, check out this helpful guide.