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Create your Literary Analysis essay outline so that I know that you know where you are going with this assignment.
Your outline should include, ideas for your intro, a full thesis sentence, ideas for each section of your essay, and a conclusion.
Here is a link to a file that explains the process: HOW TO OUTLINE; however, to create an essay outline you may need a refresher on how to write an introduction and thesis sentence. Please read what is below, and then create your outline afterward.
Arguably the most important parts of your essay, the introduction, and thesis sentence work together to forecast the topic and argument of your analysis to the audience. Without a strong intro and thesis, your readers will not know what your paper is about.
Here is what your intro SHOULD do:
Grab your reader’s attention.
State the name of the author and the title of the story, poem, play, song, or film you are analyzing.
Prepare readers for your thesis sentence.
It should be one paragraph long (up to 8 sentences or so).
Your intro SHOULD NOT:
Summarize the entire story.
Give too many details away.
Overlook mentioning the title of the text and the name of the author you are analyzing.
Be too short.
Here is what your thesis SHOULD do:
Restate the name of the author and the title of the work you are analyzing.
Share your Central Idea (your main argument).
Share why you know your Central Idea is correct (provide supporting points, or evidence, or reasons why you are right). You may need around 4 to 5 supporting points for this 8-page paper.
It should be the last sentence of your introduction.
Here is what your thesis SHOULD NOT do:
Summarize the entire story.
Be too vague.
Contain a quote.
Be a question.
Some successful examples of thesis sentences I found online (source: Lib Guides.uta.edu):
Sample 1: In “A Worn Path,” Eudora Welty creates a fictional character in Phoenix Jackson whose determination, faith, and cunning illustrate the indomitable human spirit.
Sample 2: A close look at many details in “The Story of an Hour” reveals how language, institutions, and expected demeanor suppress the natural desires and aspirations of women.
Sample 3: Through the experience of one man, the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, accurately depicts the historical record of slave life in its descriptions of the often brutal and quixotic relationship between capturer and the captured and of the fragmentation of slave families.
Here are some structures you can use to format your thesis sentence (source: Lib Guides.uta.edu):
1. In (title of work), (author) (illustrates, shows) (aspect) (adjective).
Example: In “Barn Burning,” William Faulkner shows the characters Sadie and Abner Snopes struggling for their identity.
2. In (title of work), (author) uses (one aspect) to (define, strengthen, illustrate) the (element of work).
Example: In “Youth,” Joseph Conrad uses foreshadowing to strengthen the plot.
3. In (title of work), (author) uses (an important part of work) as a unifying device for (one element), (another element), and (another element). The number of elements can vary from one to four.
Example: In “Youth,” Joseph Conrad uses the sea as a unifying device for setting, structure and theme.
4. (Author) develops the character of (character’s name) in (literary work) through what he/she does, what he/she says, what other people say to or about him/her.
Example: Langston Hughes develops the character of Semple in “Ways and Means”…
Please read: “Writing about Literature” section L1-L3 (A Writer’s Reference).
Best of luck everyone!
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