Trying to find out and understand the author’s perspective is very useful. Authors often do not directly state their opinion. Sometimes they persuade us indirectly, an argument is only implied. By knowing and understanding the author’s perspective will help us to enjoy the reading since beginning as well as to catch the ‘hidden persuasion’ or the author.
I have to remember, some tips to catch and understand the author’s perspective are:
1. Read the TITLE –> find out the KEY WORDS –> which one is the “STRONG word” / “WEAK word” / “NEGATIVE word”? –> then we will know what the author’s persuasion, approve of, not approve of
2. Read on the ABSTRACT and CONCLUSIONS –> find out the KEY WORDS –> we will find the emotive arguments
3. Read the objective of article (it’s used to be found in Introduction)
Some examples of Title:
“Cyanide spill threatens health in Hungary”
look…it use word ‘threaten’, it’s strong word ..the author feels like want to give a warning…
O.k….now find out the author’s perspective in your papers!!!