PRINCIPLES OF LITERARY ANALYSIS A STEP BY STEP GUIDE. The Formula : -Topic Sentence -Context -Quotation -Analysis -Relevance. The Big Question How does the quote support your thesis?. Avoid feeling overwhelmed! Follow these 5 steps…. 1-Topic Sentence.
As the boys were fighting, Mr. Morrison “walked straight to the fighters and lifted a still-swinging Stacey off T.J.” (Taylor 85).
Atticus refuses to follow the racist practices of Maycomb because he believes that “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience” (Lee 105).
Calpurnia understands that all people should be treated with respect, even Walter Cunningham, and tells Scout, “That boy’s yo’ comp’ny...” (Lee 24).
Mr. Morrison also embodies the value of honesty and tells Stacey that he will leave the decision of being truthful with Mama “up to y’all to decide” (Taylor 87).
Mama believes that all people are of equal value and explains to Cassie that “ Everybody born on this earth is something and nobody, no matter what color, is better than anybody else” (Taylor 127).