Universitas Negeri Padang
2009 - 2016
In English Department's English Literature major, we studied the works of many authors in the form of poems, scripts (drama & movie), and short stories. we were taught the way to analyze the theme and meaning of these form of works using various approach and theories. My friends and I were required to read several literary works every weeks and present their analysis in class. For final assignments, we have to choose between a novel, a drama/movie script, or three poems to be analyzed.
To bring about a good analysis, the lecturers required the students to develop critical thinking. The routine weekly analysis presentation helped the students a lot to achieve this. By analyzing literary works, we were able to discover many kinds of phenomenon and conflicts reflected in them. This was done by carefully reading the sentences words by words and understanding the meaning behind those words and the correlation between them and the conflict in the story. These kinds of activities are useful to bring the concentration that is needed to develop critical thinking.