First of all, you must understand the term analysis.
It means breaking something up to its essential components, and analyzing how their features contribute towards the overall impression.
So let’s sum up: When students don’t know how to write a literary essay, they make a common mistake: freewriting.
This assignment is not based on freewriting, where you sit and write whatever comes to mind regarding the book.
Others go through blogs maintained by passionate readers, and they assume that that’s the style they should follow. Plus, you’ll have to maintain an adequate style of academic writing.
You can’t write like a blogger would write, and you cannot copy Goodreads or Amazon reviews.Let’s take an example: you’re analyzing Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.It’s a highly popular book with countless reviews all over the Internet.This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under the name of the ‘creative temperament’ - it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which is not likely I shall ever find again.” With this quote, the author practically expressed Gatsby’s personality, so you have where to start from.From here on, you’ll analyze the character’s personality in different scenes and you’ll describe how they are related to the description from this quote.You’ll still pay attention to those elements of the reading process, but you’ll also be analytical towards the book.You’ll consider these elements: In most cases, professors ask you to focus on one aspect analyzing a book.If you check out those reviews, you’ll notice they are highly personal.They are all about the way the reader perceived the book.There’s a problem: your professors assign you the books and they ask you to write the paper, but they don’t teach you how to write a literary essay step by step.Some students assume they can find some reviews on Goodreads and paraphrase them.