Reflect on the report you completed. Think about how you wrote it and what you did/completed/accomplished. What have you learned as a result? Here are some questions to help:
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of your report?
- What did you like and where did you struggle?
- What grade would you assign and why?
Analysis v Summary
Summary versus Analysis. What is the difference?
What does it mean to analyze literature?
“Woman Hollering Creek”
What are some themes, recurring topics or ideas, that you have noticed?
Lets come up with a list of characters.
Start with what interests you, to develop a point of analysis. You can choose a character, theme, issue, context, patterns, metaphors, authors style or language, etc. What is standing out to you and then you can develop that into a thesis.
You will be arguing that your analysis of the work is valid.
What is a Literary Analysis?
Focus on Thesis and Structure
One way to organize your analysis essay:
- Introduce the text and state your arguable thesis.
- Body paragraphs 1-3,4,5,6??? cite passages and explain how each supports your thesis and interpretation.
- Conclusion, sum up your interpretation in light of your analysis
- Document Sources, works cited.
You can choose other ways of organizing, as long as it is clear and makes sense.