how do you write an literary analysis paper?

What do you need to back up your thesis? any good resources?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    According to my AP English teacher, when you write an literary analysis paper about the thesis, you have to back up your thesis with examples of how the example you chose support the author's thesis.

    For example, I'm not sure if you ever read Catcher in the Rye by Salinger, but his thesis might be that "the time you spent with the ones you love are more important than spending time with others you know are going to ruin your life." Then, you will support this thesis by getting an example from the book, such as the images, and explain HOW the author used that image to get across what the author is trying to say to his/her readers.

    Remember, the "HOW" the images, etc., that the author uses to get across his thesis is the most important in literary analysis! It's important to always include the author's name in the paragraphs. Also, it's alright to use "I" if you are writing the non-traditional or mix of non-traditional/traditional essay. However, if you are writing a traditional essay, then stay away from the "I".

    It's the best if you can check with your teacher, because all teachers have different things to say! My teacher has been teaching AP English (Language and Composition) for who knows how long, so this is supposedly how you would write a literary analysis in an AP essay format. I hope this helps.

  • 1 decade ago

    You need multiple examples and references to back up your original thesis. For simplicity, think of the 5 paragraph essay model.

    Introduction/ Thesis

    First subtopic

    -support/quote

    -support/quote

    -support/quote

    Second subtopic

    -support/quote

    -support/quote

    -support/quote

    Third subtopic

    -support/quote

    -support/quote

    -support/quote

    Conclusion and restating of original thesis

    This is a really brief outline, but if you're unsure, try to map out your ideas first to create a really strong paper. But for lit analysis papers, quotes will be the vast part of your evidence. It's all about how and why things are said, not facts or numbers.

  • 4 years ago

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