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Paraphrase the passage so you know you understand it. Make sure you know what the author is literally saying, so you can dive into the language of the passage. Without a basic understanding of meaning, you won’t be able to take the next step.
Find key words/phrases in the passage. What stands out? › Find key words and be sure you understand why they are key. › Look for repetition. Does the meaning of repeated words change? › Can you find words with more than one meaning? › Look for sharp imagery. › Does one word have several connotations or even two contradictory meanings? › Can you find any puns?
Look for figures of speech. Now consider metaphors and other figures of speech, such as vivid images, employed in the passage. › Do you recognize them from somewhere else in the text? › Think about how the metaphor or image signifies what it does. Does this consideration reveal a range of possible significances for the figure?
What happens? If something happens in the passage, think about how this element of plot relates to or repeats others.
Who is speaking in the passage? › Is the speaker being ironic? › Can you trust the speaker?