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Hooks for Lit. Analysis
Transcript of Hooks for Lit. Analysis
How to catch your reader's attention
Failure is a more valuable experience than success
Forest fires are terrifying, destructive forces. Flames devour ancient groves of trees and force defenseless animals to flee from their burrows. Yet, much good comes from the blackened earth such fires leave behind. Nutrients are cycled back into the old soil, new species of flora sprout seemingly overnight, and the wrecked remains of the tree stumps become homes for numerous grateful species. In the short story, “ABC,” author XYZ reveals the surprising truth that nature knows but man forgets; success often begins with the ashes of a failure...
1. Use an analogy or metaphor:
2. Famous quote
“Failure is the tuition you pay for success,” the famed author Walter Brunell once wrote. Indeed, the reader finds the truthfulness of this statement illustrated in XYZ’s short story, “ABC.”
3. Turn a cliche on its head
Politicians, athletes, and scholars would be wise to embrace the sweet smell of failure. This surprising truth is argued by XYZ, as his short story, “ABC,” presents...
4. A Shocking Statement
Losing the big game, failing a tough class, or having a broken heart might be the best thing to ever happen to a person. Author XYZ certainly thinks so, as he presents the character Sally in his well-known short story, “ABC.”
5. Never, ever,
begin with a question
What can people gain from their failures?
What is it about failure that actually leads to success?
Why are you torturing the poor, exhausted essay reader?