The literary essay represents one of the most interesting and one of the most difficult writing assignments. In this type of essay you are asked to research certain pieces of literature, and evaluate some specifics of the book that you have read.
In the literary essay you should emphasize such elements as subtext, structure and style. You should examine some written work or composition and try to find out why it was organized in such a way.
You should have your particular point of view of the work (which certainly requires some preliminary readings) and demonstrate how several elements of the written work support your point of view. Concentrate on your opinion and do not restate some obvious or well-known facts writing an essay. Try to avoid empty statements or sentences full of platitudes and generalities.
A literary essay may be your evaluation of the work or combination of different opinions of several critics. In the later case, you should use other sources very cautiously to avoid plagiarism or allow the opinions of other individuals substitute your own evaluation of the work. Remember, you should complete reading of the original work, before you start using the critical articles about it in essay writing.
The literary essay should have introduction, body and conclusion as described in the first part.
How to hatch, match and dispatch a well structured essay
1.Brainstorm all your ideas on a piece of paper.
2.Once you have all of your ideas, you can start evaluating which ones you think will be best for your topic.
3.Eliminate ideas that will not work.
4.Start thinking about a sequence for your ideas. Give each idea a number to help you decide on the order in which these ideas will be developed in your writing.
5.Now you are ready to begin the FLOW CHART.
6.Place each selected idea from your brainstorm in a separate box.
7.Develop each idea in the box so that it becomes a whole paragraph. (Don’t forget that a paragraph can be as short as one sentence or even one word.)
8.Keep only one idea- one key sentence for each box. The other sentences in the box must develop the key sentence. As you develop your key sentences you may want to add another box with another key sentences and its own paragraph.
9.Arrange the boxes in an order that you think should be the flow of the essay.
10.Keep asking yourself about the suitability and logical flow of your boxes. Take risks and try unexpected arrangements. Experiment with the flow of the ideas or information. The point of using the boxes is to make it easy for you to rearrange ideas before you write them into a draft essay.
11.Once you have decided on a sequence for the boxes, number them so that you remember the order of the paragraphs.
12.You must look at the sequence of boxes/paragraphs and make sure that you have sentences that link the paragraphs together. In creative writing this may be less structured than in an argumentative essay.
13.You may wish to keep the introduction and conclusion for the very end. Once you have shaped the body of your essay you can see what your essay is saying and then you can write an appropriate introduction and conclusion.