Introduction to Literary Analysis

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Introduction to Literary Analysis
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What is Literary Analysis? A literary analysis is first and foremost, an essay . As such, it must have those elements that make it an essay: an introduction , a body and a conclusion .
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Not just an opinion… However, in an analysis, you also examine the parts or elements of a piece of writing in order to go beyond your personal feelings for the novel, short story or poem and thereby gain a deeper understanding of it.
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“Dig” to uncover elements… This is more than a plot summary . It is a “review” of the work of literature that takes into consideration literary elements .
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FOCUS The development of the literary analysis focuses on the: Plot Setting Characters Point of view and/or a Thematic element . In the analysis, you look closely at its elements and how they fit together .
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Structuring the Lit. Analysis… There are two ways to structure a literary analysis : You can examine individual elements -or- you can compare and contrast them.
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