A Literary Analysis

The influence of the entertainment industry on the self-image of women in “Escape From Wonderland: Disney and the Female Imagination” pg. 553 and “The Globalization of

Eating Disorders” pg. 723

How and why a soldier takes action in “Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts” pg. 430 and “Why Courage Matters” (on Bb)

The plight of the working class in “The Death of Horatio Alger” pg. 465 and “Nickel and Dimed” pg. 476

How children learn from experience in “My Creature From the Black Lagoon” pg. 525 and “Learning to Read and Write” pg. 258

Your final paper should offer a complete and detailed literary analysis focusing on how your chosen texts treat their connecting theme. The second part of your task is

to compare the different effects that theme has in each work. In other words, you should not simply identify the similarities between your texts, but also explore the

significance of these similarities.

“Four pages of literary analysis! We’ll never get that done, Mr. Bowden! You’ve doomed us all!”

Calm down. First, read and re-read the selected texts. Second, pay attention when we talk about them in class. I will explain how you should go about writing this

paper, step by step. Here is a preview of coming attractions on that score:

What Not To Do:

1) Don’t write two pages about one work, and then two pages about another. This isn’t a comparison because it doesn’t draw a connection between the two. At best, it

would act as two mini-essays.

2) Don’t simply summarize both works. Simply telling me what takes place in each doesn’t demonstrate any real understanding.

How to Proceed

Go through each essay chronologically, making note of places where you see evidence of similarities that regard your connecting theme.
Create a Venn diagram (or another of the graphic organizers I’ve shown you) in which you examine these points of comparison
Create an outline in which you organize these examples
Use these examples in your paper, then explain their relevance in an attempt to analyze the ideas the authors are trying to impart.

Organize your paper by ideas, not by summary. Each paragraph of the paper’s body should contain the following:

1) A statement that points out a similarity or difference in both essays, and it must refer back to the connecting theme. This is the paragraph’s topic sentence. See

the PPT “Creating Strong Paragraphs”.

2) Give evidence, quote or paraphrase, of the opening statement of the paragraph. These make up the paragraph’s supporting sentences. See the PPTs “Creating Strong

Paragraphs” and “Integrating Quotations.”

3) The most important part: explaining how that evidence proves the opening statement of the paragraph. This constitutes the paragraph’s concluding sentence/sentences.

See the PPTs “Creating Strong Paragraphs” and “Integrating Quotations.”