Style Worksheet for Critical Analysis of Literature 1. Be sure to write in present tense. No: Eveline remembered her promise to her mother. Yes: Eveline remembers her promise to her mother. 2. Be sure to avoid contractions. No: Frank doesn’t offer to marry her before leaving with her. Yes: Frank does not offer to marry her before leaving with her. 3. Do not mention the essay. No: This essay will explain Eveline’s choice. Yes: Eveline’s choice is the result of fear. 4. Do not mention yourself. No: I believe her father will eventually start hitting Eveline. Yes: Eveline seems to believe that her father will eventually start hitting her. 5. Do not talk about quotes or what they prove. No: This proves that/this quote proves that/ In her quote, Eveline is saying Yes: Eveline believes that she “deserved life, love too” (5). 6. Do not use the pronoun you, unless quoting it. No: If you are told your whole life that you are unworthy, you will start to believe it. Yes: If people are told repeatedly that they are unworthy, they will start to believe it.
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