Description

Literary theme analysis on this poem below.

SAMPLE ORGANIZATION OF A THEME ANALYSIS

  1. Introduction

A. Title of story, author(s) name(s)

B. Setting of story, basic situation of character

  1. Aspects of the story that give the story meaning; here make explicit the elements of fiction (characters, symbols, setting and plot) that are unified to reveal the theme.
  2. Your claim/thesis. This statement will answer the question “What is the theme of this story?”
  1. Body

A. Point-by-point discussion of the subject. Remember that each paragraph has a topic sentence that forecasts the contents of that paragraph. Additionally, each topic sentence is logically related to the thesis/claim statement.

B. Direct quotations and passages from the story will support both the topic sentences and the thesis/claim.

  1. Conclusion

A. A summation of the effectiveness of the techniques the author uses.

B. A statement about how the elements of fiction help to unify the story and give it meaning.

DO NOT PROVIDE JUST A SUMMARY OF THE PLOT. YOU MAY ASSUME YOUR READERS HAVE ALREADY READ THE STORY. You will, of course, need to cite evidence from the story, but this material will support a particular point you are making about the theme. You probably won’t at any point retell the story in the order you read it.