Analytical Essay Guidelines Part 2

INTRODUCTION (1 paragraph): tell the reader what your paper is about Not necessarily in this order, you need to include the following:

  • a way to draw the reader in
  • the author
  • title (underlined or italicized)
  • the general statement about the literary work (sometimes)
  • necessary background information about the story (very little)
  • thesis statement (your opinion, main idea or focus) – this may be controversial – should be fairly broad – has a point to prove

MAIN BODY (approx. three paragraphs): these paragraphs should answer the question, “why?” Not necessarily in this order, you need to include the following:

  • specific examples to prove your point
  • quotations – passages – descriptions – comparisons
  • explanation of the significance of your examples in terms of your thesis statement ( in other words, analyze your examples. How do they fit in with your main point?)
  • explanation of how your analysis relates to your thesis statement.

CONCLUSION (1 paragraph): Tell the reader what you told him/her and leave him/her with something to think about. Not necessarily in this order, you need to include the following:

  • your thesis restated to emphasize that you have proven your point
  • a summary of your main points
  • a way to leave the reader thinking about the marvelous ideas in your essay.