Write a Literary Analysis Essay
Write a literary analysis essay about the novel Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton. To write your essay, you will respond to this prompt:
In Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton depicts a South Africa that is plagued by a host of problems, including poverty, racism, violence, ignorance, and fear. Select one of those problems and, in a 2 page essay, analyze how Paton demonstrates that problem’s negative impact on society in his novel. Cite textual evidence that supports your ideas, including details that show how the problem influences the thoughts, emotions, and actions of characters and how it shapes the events of the plot.
Your process in developing the essay will consist of several steps: break down the topic, plan the essay, draft the essay, revise the essay, and proofread and publish the essay. Your essay should be approximately 500+ words long.
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Choosing a Topic
Choose a topic from the ones listed in the table in the Literary Analysis Essay Notebook document. To begin analyzing the topic, fill in the information in the table as instructed on the notebook.
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Write a thesis statement for your literary analysis essay. Find evidence in Paton’s novel to support your thesis. Map out a plan for the parts of the essay (introduction, body, and conclusion).
Review your work using the online checklist.
Write the first draft of your literary analysis essay. To prepare your draft, continue seeking evidence in the novel and continue refining and filling out your outline (your planning document). Follow the structure of the outline as you draft. When you’ve finished the draft, check your writing using the online checklist. You will also share it with one or more readers to get feedback for revision.
Revise your first draft. Make any improvements that you think are needed to the draft’s structure, content, and language. Review the feedback you received, and decide which comments you agree with so that you can revise accordingly. After revising, use the online checklist to make sure you have done the best revision you can.
Proofreading and Publishing
Proofread your draft and review your work using the online checklist. Correct any errors in grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling.
Think of ways to share your literary analysis essay with readers.
Submit Your Assignment
Look at the rubric yourself so that you know how your assignment will be scored.