Similar to any type of essay writing, a literature essay also has head-body-tail. You need to maintain that standard outline while writing a literature essay. Literature essay requires you to analyze the piece of art critically while asking relevant questions to yourself, like why did the author write this? What is the theme of the composition? How are the characters developed? Here we teach you how to craft the vital parts of literature essay and assemble those to become a full-grown essay. Let’s get started.
Your introduction should include
- The name of the author
- Title of the work
- An explanation of theme to be discussed
Other essential background should include
- Introduction of the main characters.
The thesis should come at the end of the introduction in literature essay writing. Thesis is created to relate the theme of the work and suggest how the author reveals this theme. Here is an example of good thesis:
Through Paul’s experience behind the lines at a Russian prisoner war camp and especially bombardment in the trenches, Erica Maria Remarque realistically shows how war deprives a man from positive human qualities.
If putting your thesis in one sentence becomes complicated, break it into two different sentences. For example,
In a Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens shows the process by which a wasted life can be redeemed. Through the love for Lucie Manette, Sidney Carton transformed himself from hopeless bitter man into a war hero whose life has a meaning.
There should be three supporting paragraphs consisting of supporting examples (concrete detail, analysis/explanation for your topic). Literature essay helps you sharpen your critical thinking skills. Each paragraph body should include:
Example: When his characters is first introduced in the novel, Sidney Carton is a loveless outcast who sees little worth himself or in others
Textual evidence (quotes from the reading)
Example: When Carton and Darnay first meet at the tavern, Carton tells him, ‘I care for no man on this earth, and no man cares for me.’ (Dickens 105)
Example: Carton makes this statement as he is excusing his rude behavior to Darnay. Carton, however, pretends to be polite. With this seemingly off-the-cuff remark, Carton reveals deeper cynicism and his emotional isolation.
A concluding sentence
Example: Thus, before Carton experiences love, he is able to convince himself the world has no meaning.
The conclusion should consists of answers of the question ‘so what’ the readers thought after reading the thesis. A conclusion should do one or more of the following
- Demonstrate how your essay topic reflects the book as a whole
- Evaluate how successful the author is to achieve his or her goals
- Give personal opinions about the topics
- Connect back to the thesis
- Give final words on the significance of the work.