Quick Write

What questions do you have about the Literary Analysis?

Sample Essays

The Misfits

Loving a Broken Girl

The Hidden Complexities of Clemencia

Chapter 7, Who Cares?

Chapter 7 explains the importance of addressing the “so what?” and “who cares?” questions when writing and making an argument. You essays will become stronger once you begin addressing these questions in your writing.

The “who cares?” question considers who has a stake in the argument. The “so what?” helps the reader understand what the larger implications or consequences of the topic are.

These questions work great in many parts of your essays. They are especially helpful for writers who struggle with introductions and conclusions. A good tip is to address these questions in the introduction and conclusions.

Thesis Statements

a short statement, usually one sentence, that summarizes the main point or claim of an essay, research paper, etc., and is developed, supported, and explained in the text by means of examples and evidence.

A thesis is the topic of the paper and the position you are taking.

It needs to be narrow and debatable; i.e. makes a claim.

Developing Strong Thesis Statements

Work on writing a thesis statement for your essay. If you have one, did you meet the guidelines we talked about?

Topic, So What?

Who are the people that care about your topic? Who has a stake in the matter?

Brainstorm for three minutes all the groups who have a stake in the argument.

Quick Write

Draft a paragraph, introduction or conclusion, incorporating the so what? and who cares? factors.

This is important because ___________ . . .

This essay will benefit _______________, because _____________________. . .

Comment below with your paragraph.


  • Rough draft of literary analysis for Peer Review