Jordan Anderson LITERARY ANALYSISThe Importance and Difference from Summary and How to Write Analysis Essay
MY DEFINITION• Literary analysis explains a work of fiction or poetry by a personal interpretation of its meaning.
MAIN POINT OF ANALYZING LITERATURE Breaking down specific areas of the text to explain its meaning and how it relates to the rest of the text. The thesis is the most important idea of an analysis essay and it includes the main point or argument for the significance of the reading.
ANALYZING IS NOT• Repeating what the author has written in a different way• Retelling facts of the story• The who, what, when, where, why, or how
QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN ANALYZING• What is the significance of this part and what is the meaning for it? Why is it important to the overall story?• What is the context in which this was written and how does it affect the story?• What is the conflict and how does it change characters?• What are the symbols in the text and what do they mean?
MAIN PARTS OF LITERATURE TO ANALYZE• Characters• Plot• Setting• Theme• Perspectives• Relationships• Patterns• Purpose of action and people
THESIS/MAIN ARGUMENT• Can be argued against. • The main point of the rest of an essay which will provide evidence on why it’s• Should be your opinion true.• Should be in one sentence
HOW TO SUPPORT THESIS• Quotes from the text• Summarize parts of the story• The historical context in which the story was written• Other critics opinions that will support yours
ESSAY• Introduction • Includes thesis statement, attention grabbing opening• Body • Brief plot summaries, Presenting evidences in support of thesis, each paragraph focuses on one idea,• Conclusion • Show why this essay was important, leave final impression• Works Cited • Includes the MLA style format for all materials cited from in your essay
IMPORTANCE OF LITERARY ANALYSIS• Better to understand author’s purpose• Improve critical thinking skills• Get experience looking for secondary resources for your essay.• This is to better understand a work of literature
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