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Criticism Defined

A criticism of an author's work is an interpretation, by a critic, of their opinions of the author's meaning, mission, and motives.  Criticism cannot be proven or disproven as it is an opinion and analyzation of interpretation and not facts.


   Criticism: By referring to the twisted and scarred staff the stranger carried as "Aaron's rod," Hawthorne communicates the corruption he saw in the Puritan church.

   Biographical: Nathanial Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 4, 1804.

Find Criticism and Interpretation Materials @ Spiva Library

1.  Do a 'LC Subject' Search of your author or the title of your work.

2.  On results page look for --Criticism and interpretation subheading.  There may be multiple instances since the subheading can be attached to multiple main headings (i.e. individual works by the same author)

3.  Click on the subject heading to see a list of materials containing criticism and interpretation information.

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