How to Write a Literary Analysis Essay: Introduction Paragraph

One of the hardest types of essays to write, in my opinion, is a Literary Analysis essay. You really have to dig deeper and pull apart everything the author says in a well-structured, organized way. This post is part of a three-part series on how to write a literary analysis essay.

Always start with the introduction. Your reader is introduced to the topic and is intrigued enough to keep reading. I was taught that the introduction should be structured like a funnel. It goes from wide to narrow, and the information in your introduction is supposed to graduate from being broad to specific.

Sentence 1: TAG TED. Title, Author, Genre tells/explains/describes… (There’s really no need for a hook. Your job is one thing and one thing only: to analyze a story.)

Sentences 2-3: Provide a very broad overview of the topic. Tell the general plot and provide context.

Sentences 4-5: Provide a more specific background of the topic. Lead this into your thesis statement.

Sentence 6: State your thesis and include your three reasons.



With this, your introduction should be all set! You can finally get past that starting point and write the rest of your essay!




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