Literary Analysis Essay
5 pages / 15% of the grade
The literary analysis paper should be a close reading analysis of a Latinx literary text. You are required to write 5-6 double-spaced typed pages. It must be properly documented in MLA style (in- text citations and Works Cited) and conform to other MLA specifications for research papers (page
numbers, spacing, etc.).
The essay must be on a text and topic of your choice. For ideas on what to write about, review your notes, PowerPoint, or in-class writing activities. You must select a text we have discussed in class already. Use the discussion questions that are posted on Blackboard to select one for writing.
You can analyze the text according to its literary genre (essay or novel) and utilize literary analysis techniques. You can focus on characterization, point of view, theme, tone, symbol, setting, etc. This is not an assignment about the author’s biography but about the literary text. If you are not an English major, you can write an interdisciplinary essay by using the literary text and another discipline such as psychology, economics, art, etc.
You can expand on a reflection or short essay that you have already written for class and develop it into a longer essay.
Do not forget to provide evidence from the text and to add citations (if you are using the textbook
cite the page numbers) in the MLA style.
• MLA style at OWL Purdue https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/ mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_formatting_and_style_guide.html
• Writing a literary analysis essay: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/ subject_specific_writing/writing_in_literature/index.html
Literary Analysis Essay Rubric
Analysis and Development: Thesis is clear and is fully developed in each paragraph; writer consistently supports the literary analysis with appropriate citations from the primary source; all in-
text citations and Works Cited follow the MLA guidelines. Mechanics and style: Essay exhibits no significant syntactical, grammatical, punctuation errors.
Analysis and Development: Thesis is clear but the connection of body paragraphs to the thesis might not be always clear. Evidence from the primary source may not always be fully analyzed or ideas may not be fully developed.
Citations: Most in-text citations and Works Cited follow the MLA guidelines. Mechanics and style: Essay has few syntactical, grammatical, punctuation errors.
Analysis and Development: The thesis is present but it is not strong enough to sustain a clear literary
analysis. Paragraphs do not follow or develop the thesis with clarity. Paragraphs may be disorganized or confusing.
Citations: Some in-text citations and Works Cited do not follow the MLA guidelines. Citations may be missing and/or confusing.
Mechanics and style: Essay exhibits multiple and significant syntactical, grammatical, punctuation errors.
Analysis and Development: There is not clear thesis and paragraphs do not seem to consistently develop a controlling idea. Paragraphs are not connected to each other and ideas seem fragmented. The literary analysis is absent or is confusing.
Citations: There are very few citations or there is not enough scholarly research Mechanics and style: Essay exhibits serious and distracting syntactical, grammatical, punctuation errors.
Analysis and Development: There is no thesis or evidence of organization. There is no evidence of literary analysis.
Citations: There is no evidence of research. There are no citations.
Mechanics and style: There are very serious and frequent syntactical, grammatical, punctuation errors.
Type of assignment: Academic paper writing
Type of assignment: Term paper
Number of sources: 5
Academic level: Bachelor
Paper format: MLA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: US English