Writing a Literary Analysis Paper



okay this is mr. Barbour again and this is part two of writing an analysis paper and part 1 we talked about how to use your thesis to outline your paper and find examples from the text to include in your body paragraphs and right now we're going to talk about how to write the body paragraphs of your paper so since its college football season I thought I would use a football analogy and talking about how to use the SEC method to make sure you score a touchdown in your paper cheesy I know but hopefully I'll help you remember it alright so the SEC method begins by stating your idea or claim following it up with an example from the text and then commenting on that example and this is the method that you should follow with each of your paragraphs and examples that you give in your body paragraphs of your paper so you'll you'll repeat this method over and over until you've explained all your examples and evidence for each of your specific argument so let's talk about what this actually looks like I'll try and zoom in here to give you just a better view of this but when you're using the SEC method this is what it looks like so let me read it first then we'll go through and talk about where how the SEC method is used so here's our paragraph the first element Joyce Carol Oates uses to establish the mood in we wear the Mulvaney's is setting she places Jud on a rotting bridge straddling a small creek in late fall when the leaves had been blown from the trees the cold weather combined with the mostly brown empty tree serves to give a gray cold feeling to the story the other details she describes in the setting reinforce this idea the light gritty snow on the ground and the old brown pickup truck add to the melancholy mood that Oates establishes alright let's see how we used SEC in this particular example so on that first paragraph we stated the idea or claim and that was that Joyce Carol Oates uses a setting to establish mood and we were the Mulvaney's then we give an example from the text the rotting bridge the small creek late fall the leaves that have been blown from the tree and then we comment on that example the cold weather combines with the mostly brown empty trees gives a great cold feeling to the story then we've gone to our second paragraph in this section we're still talking about setting here and we introduce our next idea or claim and that is that the other details that she describes in the setting reinforce this idea and then we given a few more examples the light gritty snow on the ground and the old brown pickup drug add to the melancholy mood I'm sorry this light gritty snow on the ground and the old brown pickup truck are examples from the text and then we comment on those examples that they add to the melancholy mood that Oates establishes so remember when you're citing examples from the text you first want to state the idea or claim give an example and then comment on that example then go to your next example state an idea or claim and then give an example and then comment on that example when you use this SEC method your papers will be better more will be better written so remember the following steps to outline your argument find the examples from the text to support your argument and then use the SEC method to write your body paragraphs now you should use your outline and examples to write your body paragraphs for your literary analysis paper and I can't wait to read them

3 thoughts on “Writing a Literary Analysis Paper

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  3. I think that in an example of quality analysis, the title of the work should be correctly formatted.

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