Writing A Literary Analysis Essay Process Questions

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Writing A Literary Analysis Essay Process Questions

  1. 1. Writing a Literary Analysis What is the process?
  2. 2. Process Step by Step Using Questioning Technique as Basis for Writing
  3. 3. Questions to Draft THESIS  What is my subject?  What do I think about my subject?
  4. 4. Cont.  What different elements will you analyze?  Character Growth  Beginning/Catalyst for Change/End  Character Importance  Main/Minor  Character Function  Protagonist/Antagonist/Foil  Complexity of Character  Round/Flat  Dynamic/Static  Traits: Appearance, Speech, Actions, Others, Environment  What will you say about those elements?
  5. 5. Questions for Gathering information for BODY Paragraph(s)  What notes support my thesis?  Get these from your charts.  What details from the story are most useful to my interpretation?  Are there any quotes (sections which are very strong) which I can use in my paragraphs?
  6. 6. Essential Components of Analysis  Interpretation—What do you think?  Evidence/Details from the story—Why do you think that?  What order?  Interpretations/Evidence  Evidence/Interpretations  How many sentences/details needed?  Enough so that your analysis is clear and convincing.
  7. 7. Questions for Drafting Introduction  Who is the author of this text?  What is the complete and accurate title for this text?  What is a one to two sentence summary of this text?  This story is about.  What is my thesis?
  8. 8. Questions for Drafting Body  What point do I want to make in this paragraph?  Topic Sentence  How is this point important to my thesis?  Does my paragraph develop it?  Does my paragraph present a key question? Etc.  What details will be most useful in proving this point?
  9. 9. Cont.  Do any details need explanation?  What more can I add so that a reader who has not read the story understands the plot or events of the story?  What can I add to my paragraph so that my interpretation is clear?
  10. 10. Questions to Draft CLOSING/CONCLUSION  What is the most important idea which I want to leave my reader with?  What can I add or stress about this character or about people in general?
  11. 11. What Documentation is needed?  Did I use any quotes?  Did I follow the quotations with an in-text citation?  Do I have a Works Cited Page?

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