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Structuralism is perhaps the most important element in understanding any work of literature In great works of literary creations there is always more to the story than just the words that are read There is always some underlying theme or meaning that needs to be uncovered Through the literary theory of structuralism this can be done Keep in mind when using the structuralism theory of interpretation one must not allow themselves to under think It is of the utmost importance to expand ones thought process when dissecting a literary work The fact of the matter is this there is always more to a story than just the story itself Structuralism is the literary theory that requires the discovery of underlying elements in the literature The way this is accomplished is by first understanding the literature which an individual is reading One must learn to study text and speech Thus when reading through the work one can easily uncover the true definition of what not only is being said but also what is not being said Through this technique it will become evident that literature always has more to the text than what is on the pageA great example of how to apply this theory is by using it to translate one of my favorite literary works Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck It is the story of two best friends George Milton and Lennie Small and their struggle to survive together through the Great Depression George is a man of great intelligence yet he lacks a strong educational background Whereas Lennie is a man of great size and strength yet he is mentally disabled In retrospect the two need each other to survive When reading this book the first time it might be confusing to understand what connection the two actually share However when applied to the theory of structuralism it becomes that much easier to dissect the context of character and conflict
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