Crafting a Literary Analysis Essay

Writing a literary analysis essay assumes much freedom as it encourages you to think about events and people from the standpoint of a viewer. Literary analysis essays are concerned with a short story, poem, play or novel, so you can also treat it as creative experience. You can come up with your unique assumptions as long as they are reasonable and do not contradict the story you analyze. Remember that any literary analysis essay comes as a result of your own critical thinking, and you can get a sense of expressing your own opinion by viewing literary analysis essay examples as a starting point of your assignment.

In contrast to regular conversation or classroom discussion, literary analysis essay should follow specific rules of development which require your strict organization and control. You must express your central idea – thesis – in the introduction paragraph; thesis will govern your discussion development. You should develop your central idea in several paragraphs and come to a logical conclusion. Browsing through literary analysis essay samples or can provide a valuable insight about the style of discussion

When writing your literary analysis essay you need to be familiar with structural components of literary analysis. They can be seen as the author’s craft, in other words, devices and ideas that combine the story together. Some of the most significant of them are theme, plot, characters, narrative (point of view), irony, tone, setting and others. For example, symbols and images are used by the author to evoke emotional responses. Plot may employ tools such as conflict, flashbacks, exposition, crisis, suspense or foreshadowing to make the story more interesting. Character can be expressed in terms such as protagonist, antagonist, minor character, static character, dynamic character, and characterization.

  • View our literary analysis essay examples to get some insight into the issue:
  • Use of figurative language in Shakespeare’s Macbeth
  • Discuss and evaluate the allegory in a work of literature
  • Compare two main characters in two random novels

Literary analysis essays typically follow MLA formatting guidelines. However, you may be asked to adhere to APA or other citation style. You should also utilize credible scholarly sources to support your arguments. Your citations must correlate with the references list that you need to specify in the end of assignment. You can refer to our literary analysis essay samples to gain general impression of formatting requirements.

War

The book War by Sebastian closely compares with the documentary film Restrepo by Hetherington and Junger.  The writer talks about a scene of war in Afghanistan that he witnessed. The war took place at a time when he serving US army as a regular soldier. The documentary film on the other hand...

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Federal Health Care Quality Annotated Bibliography

Brent N (2001) Nurses and the law:

A guide to principles and applications, Ed. 2, Philadelphia, Elsevier Health sciences Publisher
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Change: A Love Story

In the book Changes: a love story Aidoo handles the issues of the clash between modernity and tradition by exploring the dilemmas that are at the crossroads of tradition and modernity in the society and to achieve these the author depicts women who are engaged in constant conflict with men who re...

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Guyland

Guyland is described as the world where young men both test and prove themselves as men and develop the defining attitudes and self-images they will carry into adulthood. In adolescent stage, male development between the ages of 16 and 26 explode in a problematic behavior such as drinking, frater...

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Animal Farm

After its publication, Animal Farm was very successful and it was actually ranked second in the year 1984. This book made Orwell to break out into fame from being a normal essay writer into the world of commended fiction. Despite the fact that the publishers were hesitant to publish the book due ...

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Only Breath

Rumi’s poem “Only Breath” can be referred to as a poem of “self discovery” perpetuated by the poet’s realization that things are not as previously assumed were. There is an element of new understanding of both the persona as an individual and the world’s ...

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The Role of Individualism

Since time in memorial, Americans have been recognized as people obsessed with both material and business. For years the American business culture has been defined by their experience in the industrial age that did encourage individuals to pursue wealth at any cost regardless of whether it did th...

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The Caribbean

Both cultural and literary have segmented the Caribbean basin which comprises of South and Central America, USA and Caribbean Islands into francophone, Anglophone and Hispanic units etc. Caribbean literature is fluid because it is produced in my parts of the world; Canada, Spain, France, USA, Bri...

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The Sky is Red

The setting of the novel is post world war two Italy where the citizens are showing signs of despair and numbness after a period of dictatorship and defeat in the war. The fascist structures have collapsed and the economic situation looks grim. The infrastructure was destroyed and the currency wa...

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Radical Islam in the West

Radical Islam in the West is a book written by Brian Farmer expressing the Islam ideology and conflicting theories, values and cultures with the western world. The central issue in the book concerns Jihad which is basically the struggles made by Muslim in the way of God. The book touches on confl...

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The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose was the first book written by Umberto Eco from Italy. It is basically a mystery of historical murder whose setting is in an Italian monastery dated 1327. It is generally an intellectual mystery which combines semiotics in a work of fiction, analysis from the bible, literary t...

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Esther

In his first book, Arthur depicts Ahashverosh conferring with Haman dressed in gorgeous robes. In the second book, Szyk portrays a clear message that the Jews will always emerge as the winners in their fight with their enemies to stay alive. He portrays Haman and Hitler as a part of a chain, thou...

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New Criticism

John Grisham was born in 1955. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he studied criminal law. He has written several books amongst them’ The Bleacher’ in 2008. The Bleacher takes the setting in the Community of Messina in Mississippi town. It captures the incident tha...

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Illegal Migration the Favour Vote

Mark Easely provides in-depth study on the issues of illegal migration and the need for comprehensive immigration reform to manage the issue of illegal migrants. He argues in favour of the reform to ensure that the contributing and hardworking immigrants be helped and the one causing the trouble ...

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Immigrants and Boomers

In this book which is about migration to America, Dowell Myer examines the relation between immigration and ageing of population. He outlines that the two are separate and independent issues which are major problems as immigration leads to growth of population more than the nation can afford. Bes...

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Confined Spaces

Chapter 13 of the textbook and the American Welding Society’s fact sheet titled “Hot Work in Confined Spaces” share much of the same information. However, they present the information differently. Also, the fact sheet is clearly intended to be a quick reference sheet, while the ...

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The Day of the Locust

The Day of the Locust is novel written by Nathaniel West. The Novel was published in 1939. It depicts the world of 1930s Hollywood. In this novel, Nathaniel focused on the existed disparity between the image presented of Southern California and the reality of the experience of those who were eith...

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Gun Manufacturing

Question1: Gun manufacturing

According to Hemenway, manufacturing of guns is becoming lethal while it’s less regulated than any other consumer product. This is because ammunitions and guns are free of the health regulation and federal safety whose action is to help lead a marked de...

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Nectar in a Sieve

Nectar In a Sieveis authored by Kamala Markandaya as he narrates the story of a woman who lives in dire poverty although I appreciate that the setting of the book is in rural India at a time of change. The book gives the specific timing and the place of the story but, there are clues in the setti...

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Milking a Cow by Hand

Small scale farmers are supposed to know how to milk a cow by use of their hands since it is not worth buying a machine if you have less than ten cows. Milking process is basically the same for all, although there are some differences. For instance, some people prefer to milk when they are on the...

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Selected Essays

The author of the book named Selected Essays – William Wallis – was born in Florida. He also wrote such well-known books as Warrant Glen and Hawk. The second one was William’s first book. It should be noted that Wallis always tried to stress the importance of an essay. He did t...

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The Sunflower

Simon Wiesenthal’s self-reflective book, The Sunflower, recounts his personal experience as a Jewish prisoner held in a World War II-era concentration camp. Although Wiesenthal would survive the Holocaust and go on to become an important figure in the effort to bring Nazis to justice in th...

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The Engineering Community

Abstract

Civil engineering communities are groups of professionals that deal with the design and maintenance of structures. The report discusses the literacy in civil engineering community, current challenges and problems they are experiencing in the new technol...

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The Killers by Ernest Hemingway and its Historical Context

The Killers written by Ernest Hemingway is a short story that firstly appeared in 1927. It should be noted that the text of the story gives an opportunity to admire the author’s language and get to know more about the period when The Killers was written. Not by chance Ernest Hemingway star...

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Hamlet

Hamlet, known as the longest and the most significant tragedy by William Shakespeare, has been adapted, re-enacted, and inspired many writers, film makers, and play writers. Probably based on the legend of Amleth, written in the 13th century by scholar Saxo Grammaticus, for over 400 years, Hamle...

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Beyond Understanding

The report is based on one chapter from the Roger Housden’s book Ten poems to last a lifetime. In this chapter the author analyses the poem “Ecstasy”, written by American poet Hayden Carruth. The very first thing that appears in mind when reading the original, is understanding ...

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A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths

In the book, “Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths”, Feiler points out some of the differences and similarities in each of the three major religions called Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. It also aims to find a common ground for the three faiths to co-exist in this big w...

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Brave New World

There are people that see much ahead of their times and act like “prophets” for society. Aldous Huxley is one of such people who discovered signs of future events and the main trends of evolution. In his famous novel Brave New World, he pictures a seemingly perfect society of consump...

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In the Book Essential Wisdom of Peter

Drucker, Peter Drucker says that time have changed and that employee must be their own CEO’s instead of relying on the companies they work for to carve their career path. In order to live in the present ages a person has to manage him/her effectively. Everyone who wants to succeed must imp...

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Character Changes of Count of Monte Cristo

It is not a secret that a person’s world and outlook and behavior is shaped by his or her previous experience. If this experience is negative, this determines negative expectations and relations in future. Alexandre Dumas’ novel Count of Monte Cristo reveals the transformation of the...

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Benefits of School Uniforms for Public School Students

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Democracy vs. Fascism

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Last Duchess

The response of the narrator of Margaret Atwood’s short story critiques the poem “Last Duchess” in several ways. According to the poem, the duke stops in front of the portrait of the late duchess and starts reminiscing about the life of the duchess. The duke claims the duchess ...

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A Pair of Tickets

Amy Tan is the author of “A Pair of Tickets”. It shows the journey of June May to China, where she meets her half sisters. This essay analyses the narration and the point of view of the story. It also analyses the characters in this story by showing a character defying a stereotype. ...

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The Genre and Figurative Methods

The genre and figurative methods applied by Sandra Cisneros in her short story “Eleven” are worth admiration. This is not a long piece of writing but in spite of its volume it accumulated great language power, emotional tension and philosophical value. The first-person speaking catch...

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Education as Growth

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Zoot Suit

Luis Valdez can be called a leading figure in Hispanic theater. Despite many successes, he has remained an innovator and a rebel. Valdez is the re-creator of Hispanic traditions. The book Zoot Suit and Other Plays contains three most popular and critically acclaimed Valdez’s plays. The fir...

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Take Away Points Memo on Soldier

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Biblical Recalls

Two Prevalent Themes in Judges

One prevalent theme in the Book of Judges is the idea that people who disobey God’s commandments will be punished by Him. However, the idea that God is also willing to forgive sinners, who choose to repent, is another prevalent theme. Therefore, the...

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Chapter Summary

Chapter eight from the book The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City by Alan Ehrenhalt deals with creating downtowns in Sun Belt area, inspired by the examples of older cities. The author explains such a need  on the economical score , claiming that companies were more likely...

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More than a Carpenter

In “More than a Carpenter,” McDowell (2009) explores the life of Jesus as it was depicted in the Holy Bible. McDowell, who was once a skeptic – an unbeliever – however, in the book, the author closely analyzes the life of Jesus by presenting criticisms or arguments agains...

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Critical Analysis of “Drummer Hodge” by Thomas Hardy

“Drummer Hodge,” an iambic pentameter, with eighteen lines divided into three stanzas. The poem is very distinct because of the rhyming scheme applied in the structure represented by the ABABAB pattern. The prevailing theme of the poem is about war, which is a reference to the Boer W...

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Prisoner of the Mountains

Leo Tolstoy wrote a short story, “The Prisoner of the Caucasus,” from which director and screenwriter Sergey Bodrov, Arif Aliyev, and Boris Giller based the film, “Prisoner of the Mountains.” Set in war-torn Russia, the film chronicles events during the Caucasian War and ...

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Death Knocks

The play is set somewhere in Kew Gardens in the two-storied house of Nat Ackerman, in his bedroom. The carpeting in the bedroom is wall-to-wall. There is a large vanity and a big bed. The room is curtained and decoratively furnished, and there are a number of paintings on the wall and an unattra...

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Role of Women

The role of women in society has changed over time. The Awakening, a novel by Kate Chopin, explored the role of women in the 19th century. The main character, Edna, showed how women could break from their traditional roles of being mothers and wives and explore their own fulfillment. Eliza, the ...

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These Deep Black Eyes

These eyes. These deep black eyes. They can be compared with the deep waters, which you have never seen before. Their beauty lures you to come close, to enjoy them, to dive in deeply in order to reach the bottom and find out the answer to the question, ‘What is there? At the bottom?’...

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Hostess is Bankrupt

The article Hostess is Bankrupt…Again by David A Kapler talks about how Hostess might be liquidated because of conflicts between hedge funds and labor unions.  Conflicts in a company lead to poor decision-making thus threatening organization failure (Smith, 2011).  Hostess owns ...

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Police Corruption

Police corruption is one of the controversial issues in the society. Major reforms and recommendations have been represented to help shape up the all-important police force of this stigma which is contributing to the increase of crime. An analysis done by the Federal Bureau of Investigations of ...

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Sweetness and Power

When talking about industries which involve slave trade, most people would think of coffee, tobacco or cotton, but no one associates sugar with slavery. Really, nowadays, sugar is present in literary every product we consume, it has become so popular and at the same time so common that few would...

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Troll Bridge

When reading a book, one usually focuses on the plot, characters and their actions considering them to be the pivotal part of any story. Meanwhile, there is another vital element which not only makes it easier to imagine what is going on, but helps create the mood and reflect author’s feel...

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Concepts of Mystical Union with God by Meister Eckhart

In his book Shah-Kazemi (2006) talks about Eckhart’s emphasis on and apophatic elements in statements about God. The deep nature of the absolute cannot be grasped by mere verbal expressions. Therefore, Eckhart stated that only what comes from deep within can be put into words. He also clai...

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Lost at School

The lost at school book by Greene describes his tried proof based approach which can be applied to help in challenging kids at school.  Having done research from neurosciences, he tries to offer a new theoretical skeleton for understanding the hardships of kids with behavioral challenges an...

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Another Chance

Unfortunately, I am not a student who has the immense financial backing of the family to complete the studies. In fact, I have to support my family financially which forced me to work two full time jobs. In other words, I have to spend around 16 hours for the full time jobs and 2 hours for the t...

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Gilgamesh

And so they traveled until they reached Uruk. There Gilgamesh the king said to the boatman: “Study the brickwork, study the fortification; climb the ancient staircase to the terrace; study how it is made; from the terrace see the planted and fallow fields, the ponds and orchards.

One...

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Ramayana

Ramayana is one of the oldest Sanskrit literatures in India. It is also one of the two great Indian epics, the other is Mahabharata. Ramayana is a story united by themes of adventure, love, family and Hindu philosophy. The moral teachings that it poses can be applied in our world today, even if ...

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Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451 depicts the American society in the future. Bradbury saw people who were self gratifying and critical thinkers. Bradbury main character is Montag who is a fireman also known as a book burner. Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper ignites. Bradbury beli...

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A History of the American People

Johnson wrote his book A History of the American People through the perspective of the leading men and women in all walks of life, both prominent and unknown, including pioneers, inventors, pilgrims, all the American presidents, politicians, artists, educators, religious leaders, moviemakers, an...

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Joan Didion Essay

Joan Didion started the work of writing when she was five and at twenty she became an oceanographer. This essay looks at how Joan uses description to construct definition of “grief” as located in the Norton’s textbook and a second Didion text Georgia O’ Keeffe and a secon...

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Like Water for Chocolate

One of the most artistic ways in which both reality and fiction can be used hand in hand is when the author of a piece of literature seeks to outline some not so apparent aspects of the narrative using magical realism to bring into light the essence of the story and evoke in depth analysis. &lsq...

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The Book of Job

In the book of Job it is evident that from the beginning Satan the accusing angel is up for a losing duel. God already knew the faithfulness of Job, but just to prove to Satan that Job was a righteous man God went ahead and allowed for tests to come upon Job. The best way for the God to prove Jo...

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Beowulf

To begin with, to be a hero is a complicated issue. What does it mean to be an outstanding hero throughout the everlasting epic works? In fact, this question needs special attention to the character of Beowulf in the traditional Anglo-Saxon epic literature. This figure has many things to do with...

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A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

The story “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings: A Tale For Children” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a fascinating exemplification of the society’s real bad nature. In fact, it is all more about people’s cruelty and narrow-mindedness which Marquez shows off by means of the ma...

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In the Station of the Metro

Question 1

The poem “In the station of the metro”, is an example of a haiku. It has been described that a haiku depends largely on the power of concrete images and this is what is seen in the poem. Apart from this, a haiku resides in the power of metaphors and the poem is se...

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The Wife of Bath

The wife of Baths is a narrative that is quite reflective in discussing the role of women as portrayed in the society.  However, the story translates how women are perceived t be and how they really want to be but the society does not allow them.  The author approaches the issue in the...

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Things They Carried

Talking of war is something that many people do not want to here but when it comes, it strikes with no discrimination. It does not want to know you have been wishing for peace, everyone in this situation is a victim directly involved in the war front or indirectly trying to hide from its disastr...

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Analysis of the Stories

In the “Yellow Woman”, the pueblo Indian woman lives in a society with a mixture modernity and traditions. The young woman is well educated and civilized, but encounters a situation similar to the one she has heard from tales of the yellow woman and whirlwind man or mountain spirit. T...

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Desirees’ Baby

The story of Desirees’ Baby is about a lady, called Desiree, who falls in love with man, called, Armand, and they eventually have a child. The baby’s skin color is however not as expected. The society finds it quite unusual for them to have a baby whose skin color is not white. This ...

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Pablo Escobar

“Pablo Escobar became a famous criminal legend of the old-fashioned way” (Escobar, 2012) as he created his career based on drug selling business, smuggling and money laundering within the whole life. He referred to one of the most authoritative drug dealers that posses...

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