Annotated Bibliography

Therese, Torie. “Setting, Characters, and Diction in Fiction.” Journal of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, vol. 6, 2015, pp. 44-48, IISTE.

Therese in this article focuses on particular elements of fictions such as setting, character, and diction. Her journal has looked at the interdependency of these elements with a special focus on settings and character. The journal has looked at how characters respond to the influence of social, political and ideological settings. By analyzing works of fiction from all over the world, the author finds a strong and dynamic connection between setting and character as well as characters and diction. This source will be key in my analysis of the character element. Moreover, the source is peer-reviewed and up to date.

Saleem, Abdul. “The Theme of Alienation in Modern Literature.” European Journal of English Language and Literature Studies, vol. 3, no. 3, Sept. 2014, pp. 67-76,

Abdul Saleem article looks at how the theme of alienation has been used in modern literary works. Alienation as a theme has had an indelible impact on contemporary literature. The author notes that the alienated character is a recurring figure in American and European fiction and is characterized by an individual’s loss of identity. The dispossessed personality perceives the world as hostile questions the relevance of his existence. The author concludes that fictions are not interested in making an objective and philosophical argument but are aimed in attending to the plight of the alienated character and expressing concern for him and dissatisfaction in the society. The article will be key in the analysis of the theme of isolation. The author selected articles from a reputable database and national libraries such as America Sociological Review, Journal of Literature and Aesthetics and the Philosophical Library. The databases are renowned for publishing peer-reviewed articles, books and journals. In this regard, the author’s selection of articles from these databases boosted the validity and reliability of the results, findings, and conclusion.

McCarthy, Cormac. The Road. Pan Macmillan, 2010.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy tells the story of a man and his son in a expedition towards the sea and an undefined salvation. The book is set in post-apocalyptic America and the regions they pass through are characterized by blasted cities and scorched countryside. The cities are held by looters who tunnel among the collapsed building scavenging for anything in the starved world even cannibalizing. The father and son move through the ruins keeping safe from the murderous gangs with only a pistol in their defense. The Road is a meditation of the worst the world can sink into tenacity, destruction, and the tenderness that bring people together. The choice of this fiction is informed by the fact that it has several themes in it such as violence, love, mortality, spirituality, and isolation among others. The fiction has also utilized several literary devices such as symbols, imagery, allegory, setting, tone and narrative voice. The book is credited as the Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist as well as a National Bestseller.

Stobaugh, James P. Handbook for Literary Analysis: How to Evaluate Prose Fiction, Drama, & Poetry. BookBaby, 2012.

James P. Stobaugh book gives a guide on literary analysis. It gives a guide on how to make a point about a literary work and how to support that point by analyzing the work’s literary elements such as symbolism, irony, and metaphors as well as the main themes and inferred ideas that are not essentially obvious within the literary work itself. It also outlines the narrative and gives examples of how a story can be told from many possible perspectives. The book teaches how to analyzed from the point of a reader, critic, and a student. The book defines, explains and illustrates a wide range of significant literary terms in fiction, drama, play, and poetry. I find this a credible source as it is a recent publication and the author is credible.

Diasamidze, Ivdit. “Point of View in Narrative Discourse.” Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, vol. 158, 2014, pp. 160-165.

Ivdit Diasamidze has expounded on the narrative voice and the methods that determine the angle of vision and the position from which the story is told. The author has also examined how the nature of the relationship between the storyteller and story is crucial to the art of fiction. He further examines how the relationship paints the way in which everything is presented and observed including character, setting and plot. The author has looked at the omniscient and dramatic points of view and how they inform the distance the author wants to keep between the story and the reader as well as the degree to which the author is willing to involve the reader in its understanding. The source is helpful as the author has successfully examined and interpreted the “point of view” as a literary element and will be key in my analysis of works from both modern and contemporary writers. The source is recent hence credible.

Bluestein, N. A. “Comprehension through Characterization: Enabling Readers to Make Personal Connections with Literature.” International Literacy Association, vol. 55, no. 5, 202, pp. 431-434.

In enabling the readers to make a connection with literature, Alexandria Bluestein illustrates how students can create their own mental image from a text. He argues, that this can be achieved by characterization. Drawing from a character’s feelings, intricate thoughts, concrete actions and use of realistic words can help one in gaining an intimate understanding of the character as we also possess the same description. The author guides on how to create a mental map and describe the character. Therefore, the source is credible in guiding on characterization in literary analysis.