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The purpose of a literary analysis essay is to carefully examine and sometimes evaluate a work of

literature or an aspect of a work of literature. As with any analysis, this requires you to break the

subject down into its component parts. Examining the different elements of a piece of literature is not

an end in itself but rather a process to help you better appreciate and understand the work of

literature as a whole.

Analyzing a short story might include identifying a particular theme (like the difficulty of making the transition from adolescence to adulthood) and show ing how the writer suggests that theme through the point of view from which the story is told; or you might also explain how the main character‟s attitude toward women is revealed through his dialogue and/or actions.

Now, including research into the literary analysis is done by incorporating sources from researchers who have a particular opinion or approach to the literature


The student will select a short story from the ones we have studied in class and analyze that short story. Students must take the following into consideration: themes, symbolism, diction, patterns, and literary devices found in the story.

The student's thesis will make an assertion about the short story by using textual evidence to support claims, and then explaining what that evidence means in relation to the story. The student must also include two literary criticism's within the paper to further deepen their analysis. 

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