When you use our study guide it is not certain that you will find exactly what
you are looking for. It might be the case that we have focused on completely different elements than you have, or that we have ascribed great
value to something that you rejected as irrelevant. However, the fact that
we have centered on different things may provide you with information
that is just as useful as the things you looked for in the first place. So don’t
discard our notes right away, and, more importantly, don’t discard your
own notes! Instead, consider why we have a different view on the given
text than you. This can help you elaborate on your own analysis, making it
better and more coherent.
In most cases, our interpretations will be followed by quotes that support
them. (As it happens, this is the same technique that you should use in
your final paper). In this way you can constantly keep track of how we
draw our conclusions, and you can easily decide whether you agree or
NB: We will use the word “we” throughout the note paper in order to remind you that you are dealing with our subjective interpretation of situations and quotes.
The note paper
Thus, the note paper is a compilation of all those situations, elements,
quotes and themes that we think it would be relevant to touch upon in an
analysis and interpretation of the text. It is not possible for you to include
all the notes and quotations in your own paper, neither is it our intention
for you to do so. On the contrary, you should use the notes and quotations as a help to get started with your own paper, as well as a help to
guide you exactly in the direction that you want your own analysis to go.
NB: Remember that you have to be able to do the analysis without help
from our note paper at the exam. Accordingly, it is a good idea to try doing the analysis yourself before using the notes below. In this way you can
also pinpoint what you find to be difficult and work on this more thoroughly.