#### Intro

When it comes to reading, it is easier to understand what the piece is about when you deconstruct it. For books, textbooks, or short stories, I recommend breaking them up by paragraph. First read one paragraph and break down the sentences by what you think they mean. This will give you a better understanding of what the writer was trying to get across to the readers.

#### Sample Problem

THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that gave utterance to a threat. At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely, settled –but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk.

#### Solution

Sentence 1: The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.
Break Down: Fortunato was causing issues for the writer who now wants revenge after putting up with it for so long.

Sentence 2: You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that gave utterance to a threat.
Break Down: The writer knows Fortunato would never suspect anything from him. This is also a form of foreshadowing, or predicting the future, in the story.

Sentence 3: At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely, settled –but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk.
Break Down:The writer is going to get his revenge against Fortunato in the future but it could be dangerous.