A dialectical journal is a reading journal where you collect quotes that are important. Quotes can be collected for a variety of reasons:
- It contains a literary device
- An important event occurs
- The language is beautiful or unusual in some way
- The passage is humorous, sad, or brings up emotions in some way
- The passage says something particularly interesting or memorable
- In the QUOTE column, write the quote and page number
- In the SIGNIFICANCE column, explain why the passage is important.
- In the LITERARY DEVICES column, explain what literary devices were used (if any) and HOW the device was used.
- Here is a PDF of a dialectical journal
- Here is a WORD version of the dialectical journal (word) that you can type on.
|Quote, Page #||Significance||Literary Devices|
|From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”
|Establishes the centrality of advantageous marriage, a fundamental social value of Regency England.
Establishes slightly sarcastic tone of the novel.
|Hyperbole: it states an opinion as though it is a “truth” then proclaims this opinion to be “universally acknowledged.”
Irony: It is likely that the author is being sarcastic, posing a view that is likely from the perspective of Elizabeth’s mother—who is later acknowledged to be of “mean understanding.”