Analyzing a piece of literature can take many different forms depending on the purpose of the analysis, but the two basic pillars of literary analysis are textual and contextual. Really, any good literary analysis will take both of these into account. However, we will concentrate on one here: textual analysis.
The purpose of this paper is to identify a theme present in a piece of literature, select one or two literary devices the author uses in constructing the theme and examine and explain how this (these) device(s) contribute to the theme. How does this part work to help create the whole?
For this paper, you may choose one of the following three options about which to write.
John Winthrop, “A Model of Christian Charity”
Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer – “What is an American?”
Thomas Paine, Common Sense
This paper has the following requirements:
Use the primary text only for close reading and textual analysis. Do not use any outside sources whatsoever.
Proper MLA formatting for in-text citations and works cited
Use third person only – do not use first or second person
Provide a title that reflects the direction and scope of your paper
Proper academic style.
Your own voice and analysis — do not simply parrot or repeat ideas and connections you have read. Make your own connections; formulate your own ideas. You will not have space enough in this paper to tackle several literary devices. Choose one or two elements you think are particularly important and relevant to the piece you are analyzing. Your paper should go into more depth and have more nuance than the general textual overview from my lectures.
Use the organizer as a guide to set up your paper, and utilize the example close reading from the University of Wisconsin’s writing center. https://writing.wisc.edu/handbook/assignments/closereading/
Type of service-Academic paper writing
Type of assignment-Book report
Pages / words-3 / 750
Number of sources-1
Academic level-Junior (College 3rd year)
Language style-US English