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look beneath the surface

To focus on the deeper aspects of something, as opposed to the traits that are most easily identified. When you write your book reports, please look beneath the surface of the text and analyze the author's stylistic choices.
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Due to some shoddy biographies, Andrea's reputation took a hit over the centuries, but this stunningly illustrated project looks beneath the surface of the paintings to reveal his drawings, his cartoon lines, and a sense of his working process -- the powers that be now have just what they need to put him back at the top tier of masters.
This is so not a book which looks beneath the surface of relationship problems or unplanned pregnancy, but that is probably its appeal.
This film looks beneath the surface of relations between men and women in Iran," he said in Sydney.
Comley and Robert Scholes' 1994 book Hemingway's Genders: Rereading the Hemingway Text, John Hemingway looks beneath the surface of facts in previous biographies and memoirs of the Hemingway tribe.
This one looks beneath the surface and listens to the meanings below the words.
A special executive roundtable looks beneath the surface into the activities that are altering the face of the equipment supply side of the industry.