Literary Analysis Guidelines
Consider representative literary elements as you engage in a close reading of a literary text read in this class. To engage in close reading, one must reread literary texts, and observe images, figures of speech, symbols, etc. Close reading invites readers to observe patterns inscribed in the text. These observations, then, provide a basis for the analysis of two literary works discussed during Weeks 8 and 9. Use no more than two literary elements in your analysis. If possible, identify an aspect of the text that other writers have ignored or overlooked. For example, if the literary element is character, then you might wish to focus on a minor character rather than the central character.
Whether “character” or “tone,” the thesis statement will forecast the direction of your analysis. Present a thesis statement with an argumentative edge. Highlight your well-defined thesis statement with bold print. Use details from the text to demonstrate how the ideas in your analysis relate to the thesis statement and to the overall literary work. The details from the text (textual details), the ideas of others (scholarly sources), and your unique perspective of the text should convince the audience that your argument is worthy of consideration. Considering your audience, be sure to include conventions that clearly distinguish textual details, your ideas, and the ideas of others (i.e. According to Andrew Bennett, . . .). Integrate ideas from at least two scholarly secondary sources. Sources such as Wikipedia and Shmoops Editorial Team are not scholarly. Use the Academic Search Complete data base to locate scholarly sources. Also, please know that your ideas matter, so project your voice throughout this paper.
Prior to writing your draft, review the Sample Student paper. Observe how the student maintains present tense while analyzing the story (“Maupassant emphasizes . . .” and “Mathilde endures . . .”). Also, pay particular attention to the well-defined thesis statement and how it provides a framework for the paper. Missing from this Sample Student Analysis is secondary sources. To introduce the ideas of others, use the signal phrase (According to Andrew Bennett, . . . ) or the parenthetical note (Bennett 160). Clearly distinguish your ideas from the ideas of your sources.
Draft Literary Analysis
Upload a draft Literary Analysis (including the Works Cited page) to your Group File Exchange for peer review and to the Assignment link for the instructor’s review. Double space all pages. Include page numbers. Use a 12 to 14-point font size. The draft Literary Analysis should consist of 400-450 words (excluding the Works Cited page).
Final Literary Analysis
Upload the final Literary Analysis (including the Works Cited page) to the Safe-Assignment link after reviewing feedback from peers and instructor. Revise and edit carefully. Double space all pages. Include page numbers. Use a 12 to 14-point font size. The Final Literary Analysis should consist of 800-900 words (excluding the Works Cited page).