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Have you ever felt an urge to write a literature essay that will impress your college professors? Possibly yes if you’re still reading the blog.
Let’s start by defining a term “literary analysis.” In general, this assignment is meant to help teachers evaluate students’ analytical skills. A literary analysis essay can be used to examine the reason why a literary work was created in the first place, be it a poem, limerick, short story, essay, novel, or drama etc.
Devise an Outline
Basically, an outline denotes an action plan that should help students to survive. It has to be simple yet effective, which means that elongated sentences can make a writer lose his/her train of thought. Every point of the literary analysis essay outline should correspond to one particular issue that will be discussed in the work. In fact, the outline can be quite handy when it comes to revealing the gaps in writer’s expertise. However, it only demonstrates that some extra research should be conducted to be able to discuss some particular issues in depth.
Understand the Grading Rubric
- Grade A: An essay entails a thorough analysis of the author’s main themes and methods chosen to compose a literary work.
- Grade B: A paper presents an attempt to carry out a detailed evaluation in general, as well as the assessment of the piece’s themes and methods.
- Grade C: There is a rather shallow analysis with facile arguments and irrelevant examples on a very basic level. The grade reveals lack of prior research and proper judgment.
- Grade D: A literary analysis essay in question does not contain reasoning and criticism at all. What ’s more, the student did not properly examine the topics and literary techniques employed by the story’s author.
Let’s now take a closer look at some examples for every part of the literary analysis essay.
Ernest Hemingway’s short novel “The Old Man and the Sea” is based on the iceberg principle, which means that the storyline appears to be clear on the surface. However, the first impression may turn out to be misleading. The writer uses short sentences to describe the main events. Even though he does use some figurative language, it’s not paramount in the story that brings up a vast number of important questions without providing the final answers to them.
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The famous balcony scene in Act 2, Scene 2 epitomizes Juliet’s internal struggle. The poor girl realizes that her love is doomed simply because she is a Capulet and Romeo is a Montague. Shakespeare’s likeable protagonist cries in despair, “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”
Robert Browning does not openly reveal the redeeming qualities of the Duke in his poem “My Last Duchess.” It is thus possible to infer that the author believes his character does not have any. Not surprisingly, readers do not approve of the Duke by the end of the story and deem that his character is rather unsavory.