She has a master's in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.Her work has been published at Said It.org, Arkansas Times, Aging Arkansas and Arkansas Business.It essentially presents an argument or an interpretation about that work.
Identify the speaker, context and their connection to your essay.Copyright ©1995-2018 by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our terms and conditions of fair use.Brainstorm about the important elements in the work. A topic for a literary analysis should focus on an important aspect of the work.It should advance knowledge in some way and not simply express a summary of the work.There is much preliminary work to do before actually writing the thesis.Read the work of literature that you plan to write about. Make sure that you understand the plot, who the characters are and what makes the work of literature special. Critical thinking about the work at this stage will help you choose a topic and form an interpretation. Use guidelines that your instructor has given you to do this.This is an example of a good, argumentative thesis: "The narrator's description of the family's old house, their dream house and the house on Mango Street conveys the family's struggle with expectations and reality."Do not simply state a fact about the story.The following thesis is not a good one because it does not attempt to advance knowledge and it simply states a fact: "Emily killed Homer and kept his body for years.Make sure that the topic expresses an interpretation about the work.In developing a topic, answer this question to help you decide if your topic is acceptable: What can you tell people about the work that they can't get from simply reading it?