English (Year 12)
What is an interpretation?
An interpretation simply refers to the meanings made from texts. There is a very diverse range of factors based on one's context which can influence a text's interpretation (varying from person to person), meaning that meanings wildly vary and can even conflict with one another. Considering the different factors that can contribute to an individual's interpretation is necessary to understand how meanings can differ.
What can influence an individual's interpretation of a text?
Genre expectations (past experiences, predictions)
Purpose of the text
Cultural, political, religious, psychological and social factors impacting on the texts' creator and viewers
Individual values and attitudes
Construction of a text (use of structural, language, generic and stylistic features)
Themes, ideas, issues and concepts explored in the text
Inclusions, omissions, emphases, and marginalisations explored in the text
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