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Interpreting a text is not a linear process

Allow your initial understanding to change. If your first interpretation improved, it's a good sign of critical reading.

The hermeneutic circle will continue to refine your interpretation.

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We often forget that our interpretation of a text is influenced by our preexisting beliefs, knowledge and expectations.

Interpreting a text doesn't happen out of context. The concept of the hermeneutic circle is to understand the whole by seeing how the parts interact with each other, and how they interact with the whole.

When practising critical reading, it is crucial to be aware of the context of the text.

To allow for the hermeneutic circle to be effective, re-read the text a few times or at least read the parts that are most interesting to you.

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