Literary Analysis: Elements of Narrative

Learn basic concepts of literary summary and analysis, including plot, character, and setting with Professor Randy Laist of Goodwin College. He uses The Wizard of Oz as an example, so if you’ve not read it or watched the movie, you may wish to do so. You’ll find links to a free copy of the text below the video.

As Professor Laist walks through various elements of The Wizard of Oz, you’ll come to understand the story more deeply than ever before. Thinking through literature through the lens of narrative elements can make everything more interesting!

Techniques of Literary Summary and Analysis is another helpful video by this professor. You can listen to them in any order.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz serves as an example for this lesson in literary analysis.The Library of Congress offers a free downloadable PDF of The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.  (Click the title to download.). You may also visit the host page at the library to find this: