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Analyzing Literary Text

by Zaire Wood

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Choosing a Topic Pg 3

Focus on Your Topic Pg 4

Gathering Textual Evidence/ Support your Question Pg 5

Introduce, Qoute, Analyze Pg 6

Conclude Pg 7
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Choosing a Topic
There is a list of topics to choose from when doing a literary analysis.

  • Characters
  • Themes
  • Literary Devices
  • Setting
  • Narrative

Focus on your Topic
  • Map out different aspects of the chosen element (your topic)
  • Narrow down the selection of your focused ideas!
  • Come up with a question to answer (a thesis statement): What do you want to find out about a topic? And why does it stand out to you?
  • Find out the "Why" question. Find a modern-day issue or concept/Real-world application! The fun part!


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Gathering Textual Evidence
  • Identify, common themes, repetitions, and patterns
  • Categorize, elements, tone, and narrative style.
  • Highlight, characterization, setting, and foreshadowing.
  • Label, character types, symbols, and metaphors.
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Introduce, Evidence, Analyze
Make sure to introduce your point in two clear topic sentences.

Evidence:

  • Quotation: When providing evidence word for word from a primary or secondary source. Use quotation marks if the words have not been altered!
  • Summarize: A piece of evidence by restating it in a shorter form using your own words.
  • Paraphrase: Explain a piece of evidence using their own words.

Cite your sources!
Analyze

Analytical writing will help answer your why. This is not to be mistaken with finding the who. You already know who, we are writing about the why, dig deeper.
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