Use quotations freely: the evidence used to support the thesis in a theme
literature should primarily relate to the text of the literary selection.
2. Stick to one type of paper when writing about literature.
A. Explication: Places emphasis upon the
language of the text and upon possible
alternate interpretations of word meanings and the meaning of character
Character: Focus is upon the richness of personality as revealed
dialogue; 2) what others say about the character; (3) what the character
thinks; (4) what the character does.
C. Symbol: All possible implications of something in a narrative which stands for
Theme: Deals with the "message" (central) of the work, and how all
the parts of
the literary selection are related to it.
Critical term: This type of paper would discuss a selection by weighing
against the selection: typical literary terms are farce, comedy, theater of the
Avoid plot synopsis; relate only that part of a full narrative plot which
is related to the
paragraph topic which has already been narrowed.