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Paper Writing Advice: How to Compose Literature Essays

Writing a literature essay is an exciting task that you can truly enjoy. Regardless of the literary work, author, or any aspect that you will need to use as your subject; there is a way to make the work very personalized. Basically, you will be explaining your personal opinion on the matter, and there will be no need to dig up heaps of statistical and technical documents in order to support your arguments. You will just need to use your imagination, and practice the skill of interpreting a literary text in a way that will support the points you make.

The following tips will teach you how to compose a truly impressive literature essay:

  1. Develop your thesis.

    A thesis is your “mini-argument”. It is a sentence that conveys the main idea of the essay. It must be concise and written in clear language. You have to make sure that your readers will be able to understand exactly what the paper is about by reading this single sentence.

  2. Prepare an outline.

    • You need to develop several (the number depends on the required size of your essay) arguments that will support your thesis. Think of them very carefully because they will need to be supported with evidence from the literary work you are writing about. This means that the work itself must contain enough information for you to use as proof in the paper.
    • Write down every argument in the order you will present them in to achieve the strongest effect. You’ll have an almost complete outline on your hands with this, as you will need to dedicate a paragraph to each point. Add an introduction and a conclusion in order to complete the outline.

  3. Write the body of the essay.

    Expand every point and add the evidence you’ve collected from various sources. Develop every paragraph carefully. You must make sure that each of them has a topic sentence and is well-structured.

  4. Write an introduction and a conclusion.

    When working on an introduction, include a short overview of every argument you will use in the body of the paper.

    Provide a bit of background information on the topic.

    Restate your thesis in the conclusion, but use different wording in order to avoid repetition. Be sure to explain the relevance of your research by defining its position in the field of study, and describe how it affects other works that exist in this field.


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