During the next several lessons you will be writing a literary analysis essay about a literary element in The Alchemist. Your essay should be about 500750 words.
Follow the steps of the writing process to complete the assignment.
For the content of your essay, respond to one of these prompts:
What is the theme of the novel? In your introduction, write a thesis statement that identifies the theme and briefly explains how the theme is developed. In your body paragraphs, give specific examples of scenes, characters actions, or symbols by which the author develops the theme. End the essay with a concluding statement that sums up your thesis and major supporting ideas in new words. Your conclusion may offer examples of how the chosen theme relates to real-life situations or other literary texts.
How do events such as omens and dreams support the novels theme? In your introduction, present a thesis statement in which you clearly present your main idea about the thematic role of such events. In your body paragraphs, analyze specific events of this type, using their details to show their meaning. Conclude the essay by restating your thesis and major supporting ideas in new terms. You may include a thoughtful generalization that wraps up your thesis.
What is the allegory in the novel, and how does it shape and support the novels theme? In your thesis statement, identify the allegory and give a concise statement of its relation to the theme. In your body paragraphs, explain the allegorys meaning and specify characters, actions, or symbols that develop this meaning. End with a concluding paragraph that restates your thesis and main points and connects the allegory to real-life situations or other literary texts.
Your essay should include:
Your thesis statement, making sure it is a clear and precise thesis statement that makes a claim, states a position, or provides an evaluation or analysis.
Body paragraphs that develop and support your thesis using reasons and evidence from the text.
Logical sequence for your ideas clear connections between ideas and support.
Quote or paraphrase from the literary work to support your points, using in-text citations.
Use transitions, a formal style, and an objective tone.
Write a conclusion that wraps up your argument.