1st step:Please share a paragraph in which you let me know:
-which story/ chapter/ poem you plan to analyze
-which literary lens you plan to use to analyze it
-what possible literary devices you plan to highlight
-and if you have it already, which outside sources you plan to consult
2nd step: 1page outline follow the one in the file
Essay 2 is a Literary Analysis of ANY of the readings we have done so far.
Your job is to write a thesis-driven essay in which you make a claim (thesis) about the piece of writing. For example, maybe in your thesis you tell us what the theme of the poem is, and explain why that is important.
In your 3 body paragraphs, you will support that claim (thesis) using evidence (illustrations) from the text in the form of 3 literary devices (1 per paragraph) that the writer used to support this thesis.
For example: If your thesis claims the poem is about home belonging to the past, you will select 3 literary devices the author uses to show that.
1) INTRO PARAGRAPH
-thesis: “The poem ARCADE speaks to our desire to return to a home that is lost forever. Using metaphor, mood and dialogue, the writer helps us understand why this feeling is universal to all of us.”
2) BODY PARAGRAPH(S)
example: Paragraph 1- metaphor
-Point: The author uses metaphor to help us understand this desire to belong.
-Illustration: “quote from text”
-Explanation: (expanding on the meaning of the quote): In this stanza, we see that the rose represents the fullness of the narrator’s heart when she is in her hometown. The thorns represent everything that prevents her from being there again.
Restate thesis: Belonging to a place and feeling understood and loved by it is a universal human desire. It represents feelings of safety, security, joy, and the ability to be vulnerable in ones own identity. The poem unpacks this drive to belong just as it challenges the difficulty we all must face when navigating our placement in a society. Using metaphor, simile and mood, the writer creates an emotional setting for the reader, urging us to look at our own desire to belong, and to question our ability to ever truly do so. Whether we can ever live in a place that fulfills ALL of our needs is another idea the author might have unpacked further if given the chance.