Paper #2: Analytical essay Name: ______________________________
How do we analyze? (Norton Reader 73-75)
- Decide what you want to analyze – what argument interests you?
- Think about the larger context. All texts are part of a larger conversation with other texts that deal with similar issues/topics, focusing on academic research/documentation and context.
- Consider what you know about the writer, artist or context of the material. History, personal experiences, biographical information pertinent to or affecting your argument.
- Study how the text works – What does it claim? What support does the writer offer to support the claim? How does the author appeal to the reader? Does the author present the argument evenhandedly? What authorities or other sources of outside information does the writer/author use? How does the writer address the reader?
- The author questions a concept, emotion or philosophy and came to some kind of new understanding or lesson learned by it. The author uses the characters, events, experiences or relationships to illustrate ideas which can profoundly change the way we see the world and the text. ***And by extension, reading your interpretation changes the way the reader sees the world.
- Literary analyses are usually built on evidence of meaningful patterns or themes within the text or among several texts. These themes and patterns reveal meaning.
- When you write a literary analysis, you show readers one way the text may be read and understood; that is your interpretation.
Create an analytical essay on concepts created/illustrated in the Grapes of Wrath. Create a well-developed discussion on a particular aspect of the reading – including social argument, characters, events, historical analysis, psychological analysis, gender bias, etc. Your paper should include the following:
- Create an arguable thesis.
- Pay careful attention to the language of the text – close reading
- Engage your reader by showing your own personal engagement/investment in the argument – provides a clear interpretation of your argument, resulting in a complete discussion.
- Explore an event that made you think/reflect and in turn will make the reader think and challenge her or her own knowledge of a particular topic.
- Touch on a central theme to which the reader can relate – universal and human in nature.
- Adhere to grammatical purity and proper formatting (MLA)
- Must use two additional outside academic journal resources (JSTOR) as well as the novel for reference.
- Obtain a minimum of two (2) peer reviews
You will be graded on your adherence to these requirements and the class rubric.
Introductory paragraph due _____________________________
Rough Draft Due _____________________________________
Peer Revisions due __________________________________
Final draft due ______________________________________