Writing a Lit A nalysis P aper . A step by step guide . PART ONE. Effective Topic Sentences. TOPIC SENTENCES. Topic Sentences (TS) answer specific topics (ideas) in the thesis.
A step by step guide
Effective Topic Sentences
Example: Through his symbolic connection to the Valley of Ashes,George Wilson is repeatedly shown as a weak man whose hope for a better life is broken by the materialism surrounding him.
(PRIMARY EVIDENCE) Later on, the full extent of his broken hope is shown when he feels the judgment of God from the eyes of the billboard outside his window, exclaiming to his wife, “’You can fool me, but you can’t fool God!’” (159) to show his despair at her cheating ways. Looking at the mess of his once promising life, George cannot help but feel forsaken by God and love. His despair only increases upon the accidental death of his wife.
(SECONDARY EVIDENCE) Consequently, George becomes forlorn at his now truly desperate situation and “takes out his anger [on Gatsby] for his ineffectual life,” (Stevens) whom he incorrectly blames for her adultery and death.
Establishing the introduction
4th: Thesis Statement
NO PRIMARY or SECONDARY QUOTES IN
Closing with a Concluding Paragraph
10 Common Analysis Errors
Punctuation AFTER citation
…and “reaching for the green light” (7).
UNLESS the original quote had a question mark or exclamation point.
…asking, “Whatever did you mean?” (Sutton).
… “Why of course you can!” (46).
What’s with all the random, unnecessary capitalizations? No…just no…
Seriously, that red line under a word means it’s misspelled. Fix it.
I am not your BFF. Avoid conversational, slang terms.
Use grown up words. And synonyms.
Write complex sentences because commas and conjunctions are dope.
Cite your evidence properly and make sure it matches your Works Cited entries…avoid plagiarism!
Use your checklist!
This SHOULD be uncomfortable to do!
It means you are growing, people!