Literary Analysis. What is a literary analysis?. A literary analysis is an interpretation of the written text, which involves the use of concepts specifically associated with literature. Literary Concepts. The BasicsAdditional Concepts Plot Historical Content
A literary analysis is an interpretation of the written text, which involves the use of concepts specifically associated with literature.
Plot Historical Content
Setting Social significance
Characterization Political view point
Metaphors Critical Orientation
Genre Literary Theory
Irony/ambiguity Multiple voices
Summaries of scenes
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Don’t overuse any one secondary source, or for that matter, secondary sources in general.
Remember that this is your paper, your argument –
the secondary sources are just helping your argument.
NEVER plagiarize from a secondary source.
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Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing in it to steal.
Ryokan returned and caught him. "You may have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler, "and you should not return empty handed. Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away.
Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon. "Poor fellow, " he mused, "I wish I could give him this beautiful moon."