How to Write a Literary Analysis

Step 1: Choosing either Sister A, Father Flynn, or Sister J – analyse their character. Write a thesis statement that suggests what role they play in the greater theme of the story.

Step 2:  Now Identify symbols, phrases, mannerisms, actions etc that are associated with the character that will support your ARGUABLE statement concerning their character. (note the page number when you find the use).

Step 3:  Write an outline using those tools and the examples:

I. Thesis statement (this is ONE sentence)

II. First tool you will discuss (1st paragraph)

  1. 1st piece of evidence supporting this tool
  2. 2nd piece of evidence supporting this tool
  3. 3rd piece of evidence supporting this tool

III. Second tool you will discuss (2nd  paragraph)

  1. 1st piece of evidence supporting this tool
  2. 2nd piece of evidence supporting this tool
  3. 3rd piece of evidence supporting this tool

IV. Third tool you will discuss (3rd paragraph)

  1. 1st piece of evidence supporting this tool
  2. 2nd piece of evidence supporting this tool
  3. 3rd piece of evidence supporting this tool

V. Restate thesis statement (this is ONE sentence)

Step 4:  Write a thesis statement for your paper—Based on the evidence that relates to your topic—and what you anticipate you might say about those pieces of evidence—come up with a working thesis.  Use the example below to plug in your own words:

Thesis statement: Dickens’ portrayal of the French Revolution and the love triangle depends mainly on his use of four artistic tools:  paradox, parallelism, figurative language, and theme.

Step 5:   Write your body paragraph following your outline.

Step 6: Create transitions between paragraphs.

Step 7:  Write the Thesis statement again, but in different words. You may use one-three sentences.

Step 8:  Revise―Read and revise for accuracy.  Ensure you have supported your thesis statement.

Step 9:  Edit―Check and edit your paper for spelling and grammatical errors. Make sure it is in MLA format.

Step 10: Create a Works Cited page (you’ll need citations for Wit, The Runaway Bunny and Death Be Not Proud) and make certain you’ve used in-text citations for all your direct quotations.

Step 11: Upload it to turnitin.com

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