Literature Analysis Essay


Assignment: Literature Analysis

Write an essay in which you analyze and evaluate the themes of one fiction story found in this document: Part 1 Analysis Tips document . The document is organized by story title and tips for analyzing each story.  The essay should contain an introduction, body, and conclusion, be 1-2 pages in length, typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font, size 12. Please save as a Word document and submit as an attachment to be graded.

• Analysis is NOT summary.  Focus on themes in the story.  Analysis is the practice of looking closely at small parts to see how they affect the whole. Literary analysis focuses on how plot, character, setting, and many other techniques are used by the author to create meaning.• Identify key thematic choices the author made in writing the story. â€¢ Analyze the impact of the author’s choices, discussing how these decisions affect the story’s meaning.  â€¢ Organize your ideas so that each new idea builds on the one it follows to create a unified whole.

Read the story several times.  Take notes on its themes, characters, setting, plot, and so on.   Be sure the notes include looking beyond the surface to the deeper meaning the author is trying to relay.  Include how the author’s message and the story’s themes then impact setting, characters, plot, and so on.  Analysis also looks at why the meaning is important.

Essay Structure

 

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Rubric Name: EN031 Midterm V2

This table lists criteria and criteria group name in the first column. The first row lists level names and includes scores if the rubric uses a numeric scoring method.Criteria

Exemplary

20 points

Proficient

15 points

Emerging

10 points

Developing

5 points

Unsatisfactory

0 points

Criterion Score

Introduction

The introduction contains a solid thesis statement that focuses on the points of analysis, a hook, and a preview of the main points. 

The introduction is sufficient with a thesis statement, a hook, and a preview of the main points, but may need additional development, specificity, and/or avoidance of announcements.

The introduction is present but may be missing a thesis statement, a hook, a preview of the main points, or is less than a paragraph in length.

There is a sense of an opening, but elements are missing or underdeveloped.   

The introduction is not present. 

/ 20

Body

Each body paragraph is fully developed with examples and details.  Organization is logical and transitioning is smooth.

Each body paragraph is fully developed with examples and details.  Organization is logical, but smooth transitioning is needed.

There are areas that need further development through details, examples, or explanation. 

Much more explanation is needed and/or body sections are not fully formed.

Body paragraphs are not present. 

/ 20

Conclusion

The conclusion restates the thesis, summarizes the main points, and ends memorably.

The conclusion restates the thesis, summarizes the main points, but the ending lacks strength.

The ending is present and a full paragraph but neglects to fully tie up the main ideas.

The ending is less than a full paragraph and neglects to fully tie up the main ideas. 

The conclusion is not present.

/ 20

Analysis

Analysis contains excellent depth and detail, and is relevant to the story. 

Analysis is present but could be more fully developed.

Some analysis is present, but most of the essay is summary.    

The essay contains summary as opposed to analysis.

Analysis is not present.

/ 20

Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, and Academic Integrity

The essay contains 0-2 errors.  If any sources are used, they are credible, and cited and referenced in proper format.

The essay contains 3-4 errors.  If any sources are used, they are credible, and cited and referenced in proper format.

The essay contains more than 5-6 errors.  Any sources used are not cited and referenced, or are not credible.

The essay contains more than 6 errors.  Any sources used are not cited and referenced, or are not credible.

Errors in mechanics are numerous and impair clear meaning.

/ 20

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