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Thematic Analysis Essay

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Rosanna Orta

on 21 February 2013

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Transcript of Thematic Analysis Essay

Analyzing Theme in an Epic Literary Analysis Essay No contractions (it's that's, etc)
Write in present tense!
Write in the 3rd person (Do not use "I", "you", "we", "me", "my" or anything like it)
Formal, academic voice
Use direct quotes as evidence. Things to Remember "Hook" - Be careful! Do not use overused hooks such as:
"a wise man once said..."
a long story
1) Hook should only be 1-2 sentences!!!
2) Include 1-2 sentences about the topic of the story (loyalty, faith in the gods, etc)
3) Hooks should NOT contain quotes from the story.
4) End with your thesis statement. Introduction Thesis Statement CONTEXT
QUOTE
CITATION
EXPLANATION Body Paragraphs A "quote" is 1-2 sentences from the story you are writing about. We call it a quote because it is "quoted" from the story.

Be sure to include at least 3 direct quotes in each body paragraph!

Keep sentences fluid when you insert the quotes! CQCE Example of CQCE Trait: Perseverence
Example: Odysseus kills every last suitor
Quote: From page 441

Topic Sentence: Odysseus is a man who perseveres no matter how difficult the task.

Contenxt: His perseverence is even clear when he rides the house of the suitors in Book 22. After Odysseus shoots his first arrow, killing the first suitor, Eurymachus warns the suitors that Odysseus

Quote: "will never restrain his hands... until he's killed us all!"

Citation: (441)

Remember to repeat the process until you have at least 3 quotes per trait! Wrap up your thoughts
Restate your thesis statement in a different way with different words and sentence structure.
Leave the reader with something to think about.
KEEP IT SIMPLE! Conclusion Step One: Restate your original thesis statement in a new way with different words and different sentence structure!

Step Two: Discuss the traits in your essay and relate them to the ancient Greeks.
Step Three: End with an insightful statement about the current civilization and how its traits will be interpreted by future generations. This is the controlling idea of the essay!!!

A thesis statement based on an analysis essay must have:
The title of the story
The author of the story
IT MUST ANSWER THE PROMPT!!! Writing Prompt Write a 3-paragraph essay explaining whether or you not you believe Odysseus is a hero.
Be sure to use at least 3 examples from the text in your answer.
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