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15 Things You Can Explore In A Literary Analysis Essay


Writing a literary analysis essay may be hard but these 15 topics will help to organize your thoughts and give you an idea of how to make a proper structure.

  1. Author and their background
  2. The best way to start your literary analysis essay is to look at the author`s background. The author`s age, family, country of origin and actual residence can provide you with deep understanding of his motives regarding a written piece.

  3. Genre
  4. Sometimes it is easy to define a genre of the book, sometimes not. Make a list of all existing genres, read about them briefly or consult with specialists.

  5. Book title
  6. Book titles are of crucial importance when it comes to selecting something to read. It must be engaging and give hints about the plot. Dedicate a part of your essay to the analysis of the book title, a few sentences will be enough.

  7. Main characters
  8. The section devoted to the main characters should be central. Reflect on the characters` role in the book, their relationships and feelings.

  9. Introduction
  10. The introduction is usually a descriptive part of the book. It gives incentives on what the book is about.

  11. Style
  12. All authors have different, unique styles based on their use of words, sentences and grammar.

  13. Setting
  14. The setting is usually a place and time of a book. The information about the place and time can explain many features of the book.

  15. Plot
  16. Do not focus on retelling a plot. Remember that you are writing a literature analysis

  17. Theme
  18. Formulating the theme of the book may be a tough task because writers usually touch upon different themes and topics in their works. Make sure that you have found all of them.

  19. Narrator`s point of view
  20. The narrator is a person on whose behalf the story is told. Find out what role the narrator plays in the story.

  21. Tone
  22. The tone is the way an author writes a story. It can be formal, informal, sarcastic, sad, etc.

  23. Influence on world literature
  24. Before writing this section make sure that you are familiar with other literature and understand general literature trends.

  25. Your reflections
  26. When writing a critical literature analysis, you should also give your own opinion of the book.

  27. Issues
  28. Does the author touch upon social problems? If yes, define them.

  29. Conclusion
  30. The concluding section must be extensive. Is it expected or unexpected? How relevant and interesting is it?