I have been thinking more since my recent post on literature about how and when we should be engaging in literary analysis. As you know, I follow Charlotte Mason’s approach to education in our homeschool, and I know she is not a fan of tearing apart books in the name of analysis. I am not either. But I am convinced by the book I have been reading recently, How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster, that there is value in finding the symbolism in books and their connections to other works. So where do we draw the line? When does it go from acceptable analysis to just tearing apart the work? I think the test is simple: Does it lead you to appreciate, enjoy and understand the work more or less? If more, then go for it; if less, then you have crossed the line. And, of course, it goes without saying that we should keep on eye on how what we are doing affects ur kids. If they are loving their books less, we probably need to back off for a bit.