This essay will examine the way in which Shakespeare has portrayed the inner lives of the characters within Hamlet. This essay will primarily examine the characters of Hamlet and Claudius and discuss how their soliloquys and speech give insight into their individual thought process. This essay will discuss the characters from a psychoanalytic approach and … Read more
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And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare; As any she belied with false compare… Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 was firstly published in 1609 and while many consider his 154 known sonnets to be written in a sequence, Barber claims that these were “not, in fact, such a production, indeed not one production at … Read more
During one’s life, an individual knows about the sort of person they were in their past and present however, it is difficult to know who they will become later on. As Ophelia once says “Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be.” (4.5. 48-49). The title character of Shakespeare’s Hamlet … Read more
William Shakespeare’s Hamlet discusses the concept of love through two main characters, Hamlet and Ophelia. Hamlet goes through a series of hardships in the play. The play starts with Hamlet’s father dying at the hands of his Uncle, as we later find out. His mother remarries his uncle, the man who killed his father. However, … Read more
To Kill a Mockingbird Boo Radley is a secondary character that plays a significant role within the novel: To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel is indeed about killing a Mockingbird in a symbolic sense, in which, Boo Radley represents the mockingbird mentioned in the book’s title, while the children of Maycomb, Alabama do the hunting. … Read more
Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine paints a poignant portrayal of the oppressive forces our society continues to suffer under, such as colonialism, patriarchy, homophobia, and the antiquated power dynamics of the traditional family, delving deeply to question the roles that society asks everyone to assume and fit into. The first act presents a commentary on the … Read more
Der Kleine Herr Friedemann tells of the tragic, yet pitiful suicide of an impotent man, who suffers with a disability that has prevented his personal romantic desires. On the surface, Herr Friedemann, as the name suggests, is ‘at peace’ with himself, however this is merely a form of Ibsen’s ‘Lebenslüge’; he is constantly at odds … Read more
The rare combination of imagination and self-determination are two very powerful forces that can empower the individual to transcend a lived experience mired in racial oppression and poverty. Although for some, the emotional suffering from constant subjection to the effects of hunger and inhumane treatment makes it nearly impossible to see the world objectively and … Read more
Thesis: In the novel Candide, Voltaire uses the struggles of the protagonist, Candide, to demonstrate the effects of the rigid class structure during this era, while also showing the consequences these strict standards can cause. Annotated Bibliography Berg-Pan, R. World Literature Today, vol. 51, no. 1, 1977, pp. 170–170. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/40090698 The theory of Marxism, … Read more
Any accurate story of a personal journey is predicated on a comprehensive retelling of their past. Throughout the novel How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, Julia Alvarez articulates an abundance of stories that range from her earliest memories into her adulthood. These stories help to illustrate how traumatic the refugee experience can be, especially … Read more
After the emergence of a middle class as a result of the Industrial Revolution, Great Britain’s social class system experienced several changes. The members of the working middle class were wealthy enough to separate themselves from the lower class, but not wealthy enough to be included in the upper class. The expectations of women shifted … Read more
In Lispector’s ‘Hour of the Star’ (1977) and Porter’s ‘Pale Horse, Pale Rider’ (1939) the psychological effect of modernity is portrayed in a variety of similar and contrasting ways. Through a plethora of literary techniques both authors highlight how their respective protagonists are affected by the process of modernity. This can be seen most prevalently … Read more
Both the Northern and Southern states have always had sectional differences throughout their history. This began back in the colonial time period where the Northern economy differed greatly with the economy of the South. The North generally dealt with commerce and some farming whereas the South was generally plantations that made their money through cash … Read more
Sophocles uses the arrogance of the tragic hero archetype to inform the audience the significance of cultural morals. Oedipus and Creon are arrogance, the quality of exaggerated self pride. Their city, Thebes, is an extremely religious city. Greek religion plays a major role in their culture. Prophets are a significant aspect to keeping the gods … Read more
Fundamental to Nabokov’s Lolita is the persuasive and empathetic – yet undeniably shocking and monstrous – narration of Humbert Humbert. As an autodiegetic narrator, Humbert’s narration presents himself as the heroic protagonist who takes ownership of Lolita’s tragic story, and in using him as a character focaliser, Nabokov prevents the reader from perceiving any other … Read more
The Rites of Passage by Arnold van Gennep, is a book describing the rituals that people endure when they cross boundaries of time or social status. Rites of passage typically describe something that is done that marks a sacred transformation. These rituals are usually physical rituals, but can also be philosophical rituals as well. Van … Read more
Steinbeck’s novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ is set in 1930s America during the dust bowl and The Great Depression. In the novel Steinbeck introduces the reader to many different characters. One of the characters we are introduced to is Curley’s wife who is represented as a very lonely and selfish person. Steinbeck also portrays Curley’s … Read more
In William Shakespeare’s poem King Lear, the character King Lear is an aging king with no male heir to inherit his throne, who decides to play a game with his three daughters, Cordelia, Goneril, and Regan in order to determine who would inherit the biggest piece of his land after his death. King Lear was … Read more
Main Character Miles lived his life as an underdog. He is tall and skinny, that is why his friends at Culvers Creek called him Pudge. He had been obsessed with the last words from people who died since he was 12. One of his favorite quotes is “I go to seek a great perhaps”—François Rabelais. … Read more
In both novels, A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens and Wuthering Heights, written by Emily Bronte, the authors generate powerful scenarios for the reader to understand the influence romanticism has on individuals. Charles Dickens does this by taking his character through a journey that involves going through the past, present and future and suggests … Read more
Experts lament the loss of childhood—the pressures placed upon the young right from birth, technology’s snuffing out of imagination and play—but childhood, it turns out, has far more recently been found. Perhaps, even, invented. It all began with the 1960 release of Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life by French historian Philippe … Read more
Life for children in Victorian Era was very different than childhood in today’s world. Especially life for young children was very cruel. The texts, Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, and “The Chimney Sweeper”, by William Blake, deal with the idea of how children were perceived in Victorian Era. Stage one of the book, Great Expectations, … Read more
Pan as an idealised symbol of Childhood in the Golden Age of Children’s literature. Peter Pan, Pantheism and The Muse of Childhood. 3014 Words. In this essay, I will discuss, with reference to Peter Pan and The Wind in the Willows, and C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe. I will explore … Read more
In Charles Dickens short story, “The Signalman”, he takes a conceptual and theoretical approach as he uses critical moves to suggest a mystery within the characters and the spectres portrayed. Dickens focuses on elements such as setting and environment, ambiguity, symbolism, and conflict which are employed to intensify the supernatural effects within the story. In … Read more
DRAFT Aestheticism as a philosophy has not dominated English literature or our critical understanding of it. Literature has long served as a vessel for discussing accepted morality and social norms, protesting injustice, and inviting readers to consider or rethink contemporary issues. This became especially apparent in Renaissance and Augustan literature, where prose satires such as … Read more
How to write a Literature Essay
When writing a literature essay, it is crucial to keep in mind the importance of the readability of your essay. Throughout the essay, ensure that the essay is not a regurgitation of other writers’ ideas, research notes or facts. This is important because people will not find your essay interesting to read if you would not read it yourself.
The following sections offer fundamental guidelines on how to write an literature essay.
Plan it out
Planning is an important point, which you need to keep in mind before you even start to write your essay. It is important that before starting to write your literature essay, you identify your audience. Planning for your essay requires that you identify a goal or the major points to discuss in your essay. Before starting the essay, ensure that you write all the key points or ideas you intend to discuss in your essay. Visualize how you want your essay to be, and develop an outline of all the paragraphs. Identify the argument of the essay and position.
It is important to have an idea of where you want to take the reader in terms of the impacts you seek to have on the audience after reading the literature essay. These are among the various important aspects that you need to keep in mind when writing a literature essay. These suggestions when followed are helpful in writing a high standard essay, which is relevant to the topic of discussion.
Learning how to write a literature essay is not just about writing the essay. You also need to know how to structure the essay in the correct way.
Structure of an literature essay
This is the most important factor in an essay. The length of each paragraph is a crucial point for consideration to avoid a reader getting lost while reading it. Paragraphs are useful to both you as the writer, and the reader of the essay. Use different paragraphs to categorize your points and ideas. Ensure that you use short paragraphs throughout your essay. A high standard essay should not have paragraphs that exceed an A4 page.
Literature essays require that you have a strong argument unless the paper instructions need you to write a summary of a provided text. Ensure that your argument is not biased. The discussion should comprise all the possible position of the argument. A quality essay should provoke discussion by including different thoughts using the texts creatively.
The aim of writing a literature essay is to demonstrate an individual’s love of words and English language. Utilize literary devices like alliterations, onomatopoeia, sibilance, and anaphora to make your English essay interesting. These technique can be effectively used when writing poetry.
All sources used in the essay should be credited and acknowledged using footnotes and creating a reference list. There are various ways which you can use to credit texts and ideas from other writers that you have used in your essay. In-text references can comprise name of the author, year of publication, and page number of the source. This allows a reader to look up the source used should he want. Ensure that your footnotes for the essay are well notated, and include information about the edition of the source and name of the publisher.
Use quotations in your essay to support facts, theories, ideas, thoughts, and argument in the essay. Quotations are effectively presented either as part of an essay sentence or as a word. Ensure that you include quotations in your essay creatively. In cases where you think that you need to use lengthy quotations to support your discussion or argument, make sure that you satisfy the following areas in your essay:
- Quotations should be set in the middle of a page in addition to leaving a single blank line before starting the quotation, and after the end of a quotation.
- A high Standard literature essay picks relevant sentences or words form lengthy quotations in a source, and discusses how the quotation relates or supports the argument a writer is making.
- It is acceptable to use a single ‘comma’ quotation mark, or a “double” to mark your quotations in a literature essay.
- When using quotations in your literature essay, bear in mind the importance of properly citing and acknowledging the source of the quotations used to avoid plagiarism in your essay.