I am very confident in my skills to dissect the most prominent themes and ideas within both nonfiction and fictional works of literature. First, I always place a piece of literature in its historical context. The political, social, and cultural climate of the respective time period offers tremendous insight as to why perhaps the piece of literature was written, which can vary from ideal perspectives and realities in opposition of the historical reality, or inspired by the historical reality. I am extra observant of the characters and language used within the texts because these factors work together to strengthen the overarching plot of the work of literature. Once I have adequately gathered the main themes and ideas within a piece of literature, I always give myself a mini-oral synopsis of what I had just read to prep myself for articulating the information to another peer or group of people. I am much more detailed and meticulous when I am given a written account of my findings from the literary texts, but am confident in my ability to articulate the information orally for individuals who prefer audio summaries.
Because I have, and am continuing to, abstain from conforming to social constructs and orthodoxies, I would consider myself to be fairly open-minded. I am able to make sound and stoic judgements without carrying a defense to every opposing view I hold. My perspective and analysis on certain issues are not firmly on a black and white basis of binaries. I always find myself in the gray area and believe this is key when attempting to overcome a problem and make decisions. Many corporeal things can cloud an individual’s ability to make rational decisions that are for the betterment of the society collectively instead of that individual’s own personal bias. This level of competency in effective communication and decision making is critical, and that is why I stand firm by these guidelines in order to retain these characteristics.