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Must-Know Rules for Writing a Literary Analysis Essay

The general purpose of a literary analysis essay is to study and examine a work of literature in more detail. This also serves to further understanding and appreciation for that particular piece of literature. In order to write one successfully, there are certain must-know rules that are to be followed. Here we will look at several of these rules and how you can apply them to your next essay.

A literary analysis is made up of three basic parts: Introduction, Body, and Conclusion. Each of these sections has its own set of rules that governs it and makes it work with the other parts around it for the project to be successful as a whole. Here are some of the rules to keep in mind when writing your next essay:

  • Include information stating both the title and author of the work of literature in your introduction so that readers can clearly identify the piece you are discussing.
  • Use quotations, questions, or statements to help draw the reader’s attention to your introductory paragraph.
  • Make sure you have a strong thesis or argument to operate from.
  • Organize your writing in such a way that the reader clearly understands each section and its relationship to your central idea.
  • Do your research. This will help ensure that you understand both the social and historical context of the piece of literature that you are writing about.
  • Use supporting facts directly from the text for your argument. Be sure to pull quotes directly from the literary work so that your readers know your arguments are factually based and not just your personal opinion.
  • Understand the literary terms you are going to be using and discussing and make references to them from the text. Some examples of these terms include: metaphors, alliterations, and hyperboles.

Probably the best rule to keep in mind here is to be sure and read through your piece of literature completely before starting this kind of project. By actually going through and reading it with the purpose of understanding it for its depth and context and not simply as a task to be done, you’ll gain much more out of it and will have a much clearer idea of what to write.