Writing a Critical Analysis of a Literary Text

As the pathway below indicates, working on a thesis statement depends on a great deal of preceding work (and – in fact – it is often the case that students have difficulties with essay writing because they have not spent enough time on careful, analytical reading). However, the focus of this lesson is not textual analysis, but crafting a thesis statement. Thus, the analysis noted on the following slides should be considered the result of an earlier, crucial stage of the essay writing process.

process diagram with the following boxes: Evaluative reading , Interpretation of the text (translation/ plot summary), Description of the text (external form and genre convention), Analysis (close reading of literary elements), Write/ complete introduction, Write/ complete body paragraphs, Working on a thesis as a roadmap (you are HERE), Identifying key theme(s), Write conclusion, Revise, edit, and copy edit as required


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