How to Write about Literature

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How To Write About Literature. See Norton Introduction to Poetry, p. 623-681; Norton Introduction to Fiction , p. 744-756. Avoid summarizing the story . Use summary to convey analysis and interpretation. Have a thesis – make an argument of interpretation about the work. Convince your reader that your interpretation is valid and enhances the appreciation of the work. Use topic sentences that relate each paragraph to the thesis . The topic sentence should state one of the claims of the thesis (this is true for writing any kind of argument) For example, The theme of eyesight in “Noon Wine” is reflected in Mr. Thompson’s inability to see himself clearly. Likewise, Rosaleen illustrates the theme of appearances vs. reality in “The Cracked Looking Glass” because she, like Daisy Miller, is not able to see her behaviors and actions as they might be interpreted by others. Tie it all together.
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Fixsen during the Spring '08 term at Loyola Maryland.

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