Literary Analysis Essay

Literary Analysis Essay
● Each student will write an approximately 1000 word (or more) analysis essay using Chapter 13 from the textbook
and the PowerPoint “Analyzing Literature.” This essay must be in MLA format (Doublespaced, 12-pt. font, Times
New Roman font style, 1” margins, etc.) and meet the required minimum length, or it will not be graded. In
addition, you need at least one (1) analytical secondary source.
Make sure that you:
● Interpret the work of literature
● Develop a clear thesis (the answer to your interpretive question)
● Provide support in the body of the essay for your interpretation.
One outside source is required, and it must be listed on the Works Cited page AND cited in the paper (Author’s name
and page number in parentheses at the end of every sentence where you quote or paraphrase from the article). The
secondary source must come from GALILEO (password: ripen).
Again, I don’t want secondary sources that just summarize the story. I want articles about a possible theme, symbols,
social, historical, or biographical context you either found in the story or played a role in the story that you are analyzing.
Remember, you are making an argument about the meaning of this story. You need to find article(s), along with the
story itself, that help support your argument.
***Everyone’s Works Cited page should contain a minimum of two sources: the story itself and at least one outside
article. EVERYTHING LISTED ON THE WORKS CITED PAGE MUST BE CITED IN THE PAPER.

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