Writing Model for Literary Analysis


Make general statements on the theme or topic of the
literary piece.  Do not mention specifics from
the piece yet.  Linking sentence(s) relates this
theme or topic to the specific piece
read.  Provide title and author.
Now state the thesis
of the paper.

Keeping in mind the purpose of the body, write a topic sentence which connects and develops the thesis.

Next, give a specific example/ quotation from the beginning of the piece to illustrate the point.  Make sure the evidence is properly introduced and cited.

Follow that example with a sentence which explains the connection between the example/quotation  and the topic sentence.

Provide specific examples/ quotations in a logical order until the point has been clearly made.  Use transitions to unify the paragraph.

Finally, write a summary sentence which refocuses all that has been said in the paragraph.

Repeat the same process for the additional paragraphs making sure that each one is smoothly connected to the thesis and/or the preceding paragraph.


Restate the thesis
to bring the reader back to the main point using
specific references.  Now, make some general statements which give
advice to all people or a recommendation which would apply in most situations. This is
called a universal statement because it is not specific to one literary piece, person, or situation.


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