A literary analysis presents a critical understanding of a literary work or works.
**In a literary analysis you are NOT repeating the plot or giving a “review” of the short story or novel. You are looking at the piece critically, analyzing and explaining important aspects/specifics about the text.
This form of analysis should be based primarily on your own interpretation of your subject. However…
Refer to important critics to support your main ideas or to offer alternative interpretations.
Use your best arguments and strongest examples last.
Review the argument which you have pursued and restate the thesis. Highlight the importance of your argument. Leave your reader feeling satisfied that you know the material, discussed it fairly, and argued your thesis convincingly.
Never end a paper with another critic’s words or raise a question!