Historical Lens Criticism

Topics: Writing, Literature, Fiction Pages: 2 (256 words) Published: January 27, 2015
Historical Criticism 
Goal: Explain the content of literature based on _______________________________________            in which it was written. 
Historical critics look at politics, ideas, culture, how people lived, etc. when analyzing  literature.  

Pros and Cons of Historical Criticism  
Pros 
● The historical lens is an accurate way 
to view history because people 
___________________________ 
their thoughts and ideas through lit. 
● These views can be ___________ or 
_____________.  

Cons 
Some people say that the great pieces of 
literature do not need to be understood 
through a historical lens because their 
greatness is derived from a timeless, universal 
theme.  

 
The Historical Lens works in ​
TWO DIRECTIONS.​
 Not only can we interpret literature from a 
historical background, but literature can help us understand history based on the time it was  written. 
Kilroy example:​
 List two ways the excerpt from “Kilroy” shows the author/United States’s  opinion on the Vietnam war. 
1. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________  2. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________   

 
 
 
Historical Lens from the ​
Lorax​
:​
 The Lorax was published in 1971. In 1970 there was a big  push for the government to implement laws that will protect the environment. Dr. Seuss took  issues from one great lake. What lake was it, and what is the quote used to prove  this?_____________ 

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