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How to Write a Literary Analysis Essay

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Transcript of How to Write a Literary Analysis Essay

Is the last sentence of the introduction
Express the paper's position in a one sentence statement.
Take an ARGUABLE position
Give the audience a clear vision of what he/she will read (strategy: "road map")
Answers the "So what?"
Hook

Context


Introduction
Thesis Statement
Body Paragraph 1
Conclusion
Yes!
No!
Use 1st or 2nd person p.o.v.
Simply state facts
Include quotes or other specific textual evidence
Use informal language
Example:
In
The Most Dangerous Game
, the hounds function as a symbol of fear and savagery in order to demonstrate that despite man's ability to reason, animal instincts often prevail.
In
The Scarlet Ibis,
the color red represents violence, pride, and love in order to characterize Doodle's relationship with his brother.
Example
Introduction:
The color red is often associated
with both love and, in contrast, blood.
In the short story "The Scarlet Ibis", by James Hurst, Doodle’s brother struggles to support Doodle and satisfy his own pride, but ends up tragically killing Doodle in the process. The color red symbolizes this struggle throughout the short story. In
The Scarlet Ibis,
the color red represents violence, pride, and love in order to characterize Doodle's relationship with his brother.
Topic Sentence
Quote
Closing Sentence
The next sentence in your introduction.
This sentence connects or links the hook to essay’s subject by providing background information of the novel.

Restate your thesis
Summarize your argument
Extend the argument
Show why the text is important
Provide a thoughtful explanation of the significance of your thesis.
What is the big take-away?
(You can revisit the “hook” in the intro.)
It is the first sentence of your paper/introduction.
It is an interesting, attention grabbing statement about your topic
It connects to the big take-away of your essay.

Example hook:
The color red is often associated with both love and , in contrast, blood.
In the short story The Scarlet Ibis, by James Hurst, Doodle’s brother struggles to support Doodle and satisfy his own pride , but ends up tragically killing Doodle in the process. The color red symbolizes this struggle throughout the short story.
Example of context:
***Restatements must be in different words than the first time around.***

A strong conclusion will answer the question:
So what? Why is this important? (how does this topic connect to a universal theme? a larger context?)
Types of hooks:
Begin with a simile or metaphor
A definition
A statement of a problem
Your opinion of the topic
Use imagery to describe a scene
A well known phrase or a shocking statement
A rhetorical question
Should include:
Author
Title
Main characters
A short summary
Good Idea!!!
Pick three main points to discuss.
Mention these three points in your thesis statement. Each point will be the topic for a following paragraph.
Body Paragraph 2
Topic Sentence
Quote
Closing Sentence
Body Paragraph 3
Topic Sentence
Quote
Closing Sentence
Quotes
Who says it?
What's happening in the text when they say it?
Quote from the text
Analysis of the quote
Informal Language
Includes
contractions
abbreviations
ellipses [ ... ]
How does it prove your thesis?
needs to transition into the next paragraph
needs to transition into the next paragraph
needs to transition into the next paragraph
Get to work!
Choose ONE of the four topics listed and write a well-crafted essay (at least five paragraphs) about your chosen prompt.
Love is a reoccurring theme in "Romeo and Juliet." Examine how love motivates the characters' actions and explain how their love either helps or hurts their situation.
Choose ONE of the quotes you have chosen from the play and analyze how that quote is an example of the specific love you listed it for.
The play has several types of love. Argue for the love that you feel is the strongest. Discuss which character possesses this type of love.
Discuss how love causes Romeo and Juliet to be dynamic characters. Be sure to explain how and why this type of love causes them to change.
next paragraph is your closing
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dynamic character - (n.) a literary or dramatic character who undergoes an important inner change, as a change in personality or attitude: Ebeneezer Scrooge is a dynamic character. Compare static character.
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