Determine Theme by Considering the Broader Implications Behind a Character's Actions

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Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Sonnet VII” serves as the anchor text for a six-part series of videos that model how to conduct a close reading of poetry. This, the fourth video in the set, looks at how a reader can determine the theme of a work by considering the implications behind a character’s actions. Viewers are directed to highlight the character’s actions, to question why the character acts in this way, and to ask what comment the author is making with these actions. After a reading of the sonnet, groups could be assigned different videos in the series to examine, and then share their findings with the class.

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