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The Literary Analysis Essay
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A summary of your main points and a restatement of your overall argument
The Literary Analysis Essay
What is a literary analysis essay?
A literary analysis essay is a paper in which you examine ONE aspect of a piece of literature and make a well-supported ARGUMENT about the text.
Components of a Literary Analysis Essay
An introductory paragraph should always...
An effective body paragraph...
Your concluding paragraph should include...
A thesis statement is one sentence that describes your main argument and provides a roadmap to your paper
Always INTEGRATE direct quotations. To integrate, EXPLAIN how that quotation relates to your thesis statement. Use a TRANSITION to tie your quotation to the argument in your body paragraph. A quotation should never appear without this explanation in your own words.
Works Cited Page
A works cited page lists all of the books, websites, articles, and all other sources that you used to prepare and write your essay
Analyze if a character is a hero or not
Compare a book to another work by the same author
Interpret a theme in the work
For example, a literary analysis essay might...
A paragraph in which you briefly summarize the text, provide background information, and state your main argument in the thesis statement
One sentence that outlines your central argument and provides a roadmap to your essay
The bulk of your essay that explains and proves your thesis statement using detailed textual evidence
Start with a
, an interesting sentence to "hook" your readers
Include the full
title and author
of the text you are analyzing
End with your
It's a preview for your entire essay
Thesis = [
] as shown by [
], and [
relates to your first body paragraph
relates to your second body paragraph
relates to your third body paragraph
While Matt shares the same genes as El Patron, the two characters differ greatly, as shown by Matt's musical ability, desire to escape Opium, and sense of right and wrong.
El Patron is purely evil, as shown by his career as a drug lord, the creation of eejits in Opium, and his final action at his funeral.
Begins with a
--one sentence that summarizes what you will discuss in that paragraph
--paraphrasing, quotations, and detailed examples from the book you are writing about
Ends with a
that summarizes what you proved in that paragraph
Be sure to cite the page numbers of the quotations that you include. Use the MLA in-text citation guidelines (more info to come).
A restatement of your thesis in different words
A summary of your main points from the essay
No new information
Use MLA format to create your works cited page
More information to come during our unit on writing a research paper
2. Write a thesis statement
3. Outline your essay
4. Write a draft
5. Revise and Edit
6. Format, publish, and share
1. Brainstorm ideas
How to Write a Literary Analysis Essay
Which quote is effectively integrated?
"No one can tell the difference between a clone and a human. That’s because there isn’t any difference. The idea of clones being inferior is a filthy lie" (245). Tam Lin tells this to Matt, contradicting everything Matt believed about himself. Matt was a human, just like the other Alacrans.
Matt's identity as a clone is at odds with his desire to be a human on equal footing with the Alacrans. However, Tam Lin teaches Matt that he is no different from Tom or Maria. "No one can tell the difference between a clone and a human. That’s because there isn’t any difference. The idea of clones being inferior is a filthy lie," the security guard tells Matt (245). Indeed, the Alacrans may treat Matt as subhuman, but he is a real boy deserving of better treatment.
While the Alacrans may treat Matt as subhuman, he is a real boy deserving of better treatment. "No one can tell the difference between a clone and a human. That’s because there isn’t any difference. The idea of clones being inferior is a filthy lie" (245).
Always use present tense in a literary analysis essay.
Keep your audience in mind. Assume your reader has not read the book you are discussing.