Literary Analysis ESSAY (102)
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Whatever pattern(s) of development are used to develop ideas in an essay, one thing is certain: plenty of examples are necessary to adequately support your main ideas. In a Literary Analysis Essay these "examples" are typically in the form of quotes from the text you are analyzing (Primary Source) as well as quotes by scholars commenting on the text or author you are analyzing (Secondary Source). Sometimes it is necessary to cite authorities about literature in general or even from another discipline (interdisciplinary sources) such as History, Psychology or Philosophy when writing your literary analysis essay. Obviously quotes, paraphrases and summaries enhance the investigation of your thesis (subject + focus). In your current assignment make sure that you adhere to the following requirements:
Assignment: For poetry/fiction/nonfiction, analyze author’s primary message(s) and/or writing style. Are there significant patterns and or anomalies within the text? Consider the context in which the text is written. Include in your analysis what effect the text has on you now and perhaps in the future as well. In other words, feel free to discuss how the text in question impacts you personally. As always, you may agree with or dispute the author’s message(s).
Include plenty quotes (two to three) in each of your body paragraphs. These quotes are necessary to support your assertions, your insights, your ideas about the piece of literature you are analyzing. When analyzing a text examples in the form of quotes are necessary for a thorough analysis, a thorough clarification of ideas generated by your thesis control points (thesis discussion points). Which “ideas” need support? Remember our discussion of thesis control points/thesis discussion points, which are the essential aspects of your thesis that you must investigate to fully develop your thesis. Each thesis control point/discussion point surely requires at least one paragraph of discussion; although, some discussion points might require two or even three paragraphs to fully explain their relationship to your thesis. Underline your thesis. Underline your topic sentences. 5) Use 12-point Times New Roman. Your essay should be 1,250 words (4 pages).
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