If an assignment to write a literature analysis is horrifying you to death, we’ve got good news for you! You may not know it, but it’s not as big of a deal as you think. If you’ve ever written an essay, it will be pretty easy. Let’s be clear: what’s terrifying for the student is the idea that even a simple argumentative essay requires you to find the appropriate keys in the book.
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Let’s agree that you’ve read the book. But if the deadline is tomorrow morning and you still need to read it, don’t read the short version of the novel. Seriously, it contains the essence of the plot but omits all the literary devices used by the author. You can do research and read reviews and articles about the book to find good points. These won’t be your own opinions, but the general argument can be similar to yours. Stay away from rewriting; it may be dangerous. If you’re not an expert writer, you might be caught for plagiarism. Nobody wants that.
The next section of advice is for those who have at least a single view on the book that needs to be analyzed.
It’s easy to understand the structure of writing and plotting a literature reviews with the following scheme. Like an argumentative essay, it has:
- An introduction with the main thesis statement. Remember that an introduction needs to be interesting in order to gain the reader’s attention.
- Three body paragraphs. Each paragraph declares a single statement and provides three points of evidence in support of it. Start the paragraph with a topic statement that is a point of support for your main thesis and prove it with examples.
- A conclusion that summarizes the research.
There is one small thing that distinguishes an argumentative essay from a literature analysis. In a literature analysis, your evidence will be drawn from examples taken from the novel or other literary work. Your thesis statement may be based on any of the following
As you can see, in literature analysis you can take a feature that was outstanding for you and discuss it with other readers by using examples to prove your ideas. From this view, these assignments don’t look that terrible or harsh.
But what if you don’t have the time to read the whole book and collect evidence for your thesis? As we mentioned earlier, the rewriting or paraphrasing of an existing essay is not the right way to solve your problem. To avoid being caught for plagiarism, you need professional help.