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Writing your Literary Analysis

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Christopher Crumble

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Fighting Senioritis: writing a literary analysis when you are on the brink of graduation Outline Structure for Literary Analysis Essay

I. Catchy Title

II. Paragraph 1: Introduction (Use HATMAT)

A. Hook

B. Author

C. Title

D. Main characters

E. A short summary

F. Thesis

III. Paragraph 2: First Body Paragraph

A. Topic sentence (what this paragraph will discuss, how it will prove your thesis)

B. Context for the quote

1. In the novel.......


2. In our society
3. Compare Both

C. Quote from the text (cited appropriately)

D. Analysis of the quote: How does it prove your thesis?

E. Closing sentence (wrap up the paragraph to effectively transition to the next paragraph)

VII. Conclusion (You do not necessarily have to follow this order, but include the following):

A. Summarize your argument.

B. Extend the argument.

C. Show why the text is important. An Analysis of The Hunger Games:.............................. Give a glimpse of a theme that you will focus on.......... 1) Begin with a broad, general statement that you narrow down to your thesis statement.

2)Use a question or series of thought-provoking questions. When using this gambit, it is very effective to state these questions as a series of one-liners

3)Use quotations. The best quotes are those drawn from popular culture, from the social literature the general public (i.e., your targeted audience) is acquainted with.

4) Use an anecdote. All audiences enjoy a story, particularly those with human interest.

5)State the importance of the topic. You do this by presenting statistical data, facts, figures that underscore the issues about to be discussed.

6) Use the opposite of what you plan to write about. This is done for dramatic effect, as in “What if the world were like this instead of what the world, or situation about to be discussed, truly is?”

7) Use a combination of the strategies. This is best done by using two of the six gambits. Your more skilled writers frequently make use of this, the seventh and final opening gambit. Use a source to get some important biographical information about the author of the novel.

Example: Bio.com states, "As Collins later recalled, The Hunger Games trilogy was born while she was watching television late one night." (Bio.true story)

http://www.biography.com/people/suzanne-collins-20903551 Analyzing the Title of a Novel: what does it mean? what does the author mean? Tips for Writing Your Thesis Statement

Determine the kind of paper you are writing!

An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience.

Example: With The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins provides a glimpse into the perceived future of our society. Themes: Desensitization,Socio-economic class, rebelling against society, etc. To begin with, The Hunger Games features elements of socio-economic class that the author predicts will be evident in the future. In the novel, the various classes of society are represented by the use of Districts, each of which specializes in a particular trade or craft. This is the author's interpretation of the view of our society and how we are preoccupied with the concept of lower, middle, and upper class. According to the novel, " [...]" (Collins, #___) The preparation of the tributes closest to the capital or Career Tributes, is a statement by the author about our society showing that it is those who hail from the upper class who have an unfair advantage in the game of life or in this particular case, the Hunger Games, or a game of death. Not only does the author use the novel to make a statement about socio-economic class, but she also makes a bold statement about the use of excessive violence in our everyday forms of entertainment. Analyze some of the Main Characters of the novel (briefly)

Rue....etc. Give a brief summary of the novel in the introduction to provide the audience with a clear picture of what the novel is about.. Sample Thesis Statement: Author Suzanne Collins provides an accurate picture of the future of our society in her novel The Hunger Games. Come up with a title for your paper!!!!!!! Ways to get the reader's attention Author's Biographical Info Analyzing Main Characters Brief Summary of Story Writing the Thesis Statement Sample Body Paragraph give the highlights of the paper!!!!!! take your argument further....what if? why is this a book people should read....
or is it? repeat the process for each body paragraph!!!!!!!! Important "To Do List for your Paper!!!!!!

Consistently refer back to the author/ book

Body Paragraphs: use sources to strengthen argument (According to..., ....states that,) Thesis Statement Theme #2

Socio-economic Class

How is it represented in the novel and in society. Symbolism Analyze Characters

tell why some characters are important to the story Visual representation of your essay........ Should be a general statement
about the novel.
Should mention the quality of
the novel.
Should be all encompassing Sample Thesis: Author Suzanne Collins provides readers with a glimpse into the future of our society in regards to multiple issues. Theme#1


How is it represented in the novel and in
society. What symbols occur in the
novel and what is the author trying to say by using these: how are they similar to society? Each circle represents a paragraph
You may write as many paragraphs as you need to to get your point across!!! Thesis statement should be
an umbrella for your topics http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ MLA Citation Information You must cite (1) within your essay (2) and you must provide a works cited page.
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