Guide To an Analytical Literature Based Essay1st Paragraph:
Please introduce the idea.
Ex) The author’s name + novel or short story,
“I am a Short Story and So I Go InQuotes”/ I am a Novel and So I am Underlined OR Italicized But Not Both, is the story
(This is called general context and is where you speak generally about the plot of thestory – for example you may refer to the main character as “a woman” while in thenext sentence you will call her by her name
Over the course of the novel/story (this is called specific context and is where you describe in greaterdetail the main plot of the work of literature)
_______________________. The primary idea that that author explores is his/her text is
(here is where you insert whatyou think is the central idea/theme/conflict of the work of literature)
Through his/her examination of (restate
the central idea/theme/conflict) Author’s Name Here hopes topersuade his/her readers that (Here is where you insert the writer’s purpose – whatdoes the writer want you, the reader, to take away from his/her novel or story?What is the moral or the message? This is your thesis).2nd Paragraph:
Please introduce and describe the 1 st scene and explain how it supports your thesis
The first scene I am going to examine takes place
here is where you want tocontextualizethe scene (i.e. in the first paragraph of the story when the reader meets the narratorfor thefirst time).
In this scene (describe
what is happening in the scene, preferably using aquote).
This scene is important because it shows
(explain how the scene is supporting yourthesis – because this is your first example, this scene may serve to introduce the main ideawhilelater scenes may develop or add complexity to that idea).3rd , 4th and 5th Paragraphs:
Please continue to write about scenes show the
. Remember that an ‘A’ paper will use
at least one quote to anchor each paragraph and support and develop the thesis.
Please conclude your essay explaining how the scenes you have presented to your readers demonstrate the writer’s intention to convey a larger idea, message, or moral in his or her work of literature.
Ex) through a careful examination of Author’s Name and the title of his/her work here itis clear that one of the most prominent ideas in the novel/story is insert idea here
Specifically, it is possible to see the development of Author’s names here ideas aboutideahere in a number of scenes, including remind reader of the scenes you haveexamined.