1A Intro to Literary Analysis and Proposal

Quick Write

A theme is the main idea or underlying meaning of a text which may be stated directly or indirectly.

An issue is an important topic or problem for debate or discussion. 

Write down two important themes, issues, or events from the chapters for today to discuss with the class. 

Introduction to Literary Analysis

Literary Analysis Prompt

Prompt

Write an essay about a theme or issue explored in the novel. For this essay, apply your analytical skills to develop a detailed and rigorous argument. Pick something that you find interesting or intriguing from the novel and develop it into a thesis driven essay. The significance or meaning of the topic, in other words what the passage is saying is the central part of this paper. Focus on details, patterns, anomalies, and binaries you notice as evidence to support your thesis’ claims about the ideas that the text is communicating. Identifying the ideas will be the challenging part, because it requires you to move beyond the details to the significance (or the so what question).

You will have to include outside research, one to two articles, public or scholarly to help develop and support your thesis. You need to paraphrase and quote passages from the text to support your claims. 

Themes or Issues

 

What themes or issues have we talked about in the novel? Are there any we have not mentioned yet in class?

Focused Reading and Analysis

Now that you are deciding on a theme or issue to write about from the novel, your reading should be more focused. Every time something related to your topic comes up in the book you should be annotating it. Write down notes about your topic. Write the next reading journal or journals with your topic in mind. Use the rest of the novel and writings to help you begin analyzing the text in relation to your essay. Go back and annotate, underline, and highlight all the references to your theme so that you will have more moments to help you think through the topic. 

Literary Analysis Proposal

You can analyze a character, theme, or any of the items we will discuss in class. Pick something that interests you.

An effective proposal has a narrow focus, clear thesis, includes primary claims, and context for why you think this is important to write about. Make sure you are annotating your book as you read so that you can easily find quotes and sections to include in your analysis paper.

Questions to consider before writing your proposal:

  1. What is your theme or issue?
  2. Why are you writing about this? Why does it interest you?
  3. Do you need to do any research to help with your analysis?
  4. What is your initial analysis for this paper?

Comment below with your proposal for the Literary Analysis paper.

Sample Essays

The Misfits

Loving a Broken Girl

The Hidden Complexities of Clemencia

47 Comments
  1. Jacquelyne Navarro 4 months ago

    To tell a story, to speak about what most people go through but immigrates are more likey to happen.

  2. Andres Olguin 4 months ago

    1.) The issue with Mayor trying to create a relationship with Maribel who has a special condition
    2.) Theme of sexual assault
    3.) Theme of bullying with Garrett and Mayor
    4.) The issue of struggles from immigrants coming into the United States
    5.) The issue with the relationship between Mayor and Maribel

    • Chelsey Pinkston 4 months ago

      The theme im looking into writing about is Maribel’s disability, and if having someone in your life does change your point of view of others. I am possibly writing about this due to my own experience, or even the American dream. And what that really means to people. I will defiantly need research to back me up.

  3. Jacquelyne Navarro 4 months ago

    I’m going to write about what it takes to become to be an immigrant and the american dream , the struggle what they face, and the stuff that other people dont have to deal with but they do.

  4. Abel Estrada 4 months ago

    I’m going to write about bullying, what its like to be bullied and what its like being the bully. I’m writing about this because it is a nation wide topic. Yes, I need to do more research on this topic. My initial analysis is that Garrett is the big bully in town.

  5. Natalia Pimentel 4 months ago

    1. American Dream or Love Conquers all
    2. My parents are immigrants and they can to U.S for a better life
    3. Yes i do
    4. Each characters point of view

  6. Vicente M 4 months ago

    What is your theme or issue? My theme/ issue will be surrounded around awareness of disabilities

    Why are you writing about this? Why does it interest you? I’m writing about this because I have met people with disabilities. It’s interesting because I find myself sometimes unaware of what life is like for people with disabilites

    Do you need to do any research to help with your analysis? yes

    What is your initial analysis for this paper? Initial analysis will center around the book and branch off into sections of research on disabilities.

  7. Emily Bonsall 4 months ago

    I am going to write about sexual abuse. I am writing thus because I want to address how wrong it is when people who speak up get treated. They are usually being blamed for, and are accused of lying or tying to gain attention. Yes I need to do research with this topic and my initial analysis is what happens when people speak up about getting sexual assaulted.

  8. Samantha Archuleta 4 months ago

    1. Does Maribel really have the ability to give consent? Is Mayor taking advantage of her?
    2. I am writing about this because I believe its an interesting topic to write about. This topic poses a lot of questions.
    3. I need to research about mental disabilities.
    4. My initial analysis of this paper is to research and find out if people are able to give consent to things or to have that ability to make decisions.

  9. Luis Cardenas 4 months ago

    1. My theme or issue is either going to be the American Dream or if Mayor is taking advantage of Maribel or if hes not.
    2. I’m writing about this because these two topics interest me the most because they are very different perspectives
    3. Yes i will need to do a lot of research
    4. So far i feel like Mayor has good intentions for Maribel.

  10. Ana Salman 4 months ago

    I might write about the sexual abuse that happens throughout this novel.
    Im writing about this because I believe the topic is not talked about enough.
    I will need to do research and find the stats of sexual abuse/assaults in the U.S., as well as stories from different people.
    I believe it is a topic worth talked about, I know that Garrett doesn’t feel any shame in what he did. As well as Quiesqueya’s step brother.

  11. Kayleigh McWilliams 4 months ago

    What is your theme or issue?
    1. The theme I chose is Mayor taking advantage of Maribel.
    Why are you writing about this? Why does it interest you?
    2. This topic interests me since the topic of consent is pretty misunderstood.
    Do you need to do any research to help with your analysis?
    3. Yes.
    What is your initial analysis for this paper?
    4. My initial analysis is that Maribel cannot consent due to her disability, therefore Mayor is taking advantage of her.

  12. aaguirre 4 months ago

    My theme is, Is Mayor taking Advantage of Maribel?, my goal is to persuade my audience that mayor is not taking advantage of Maribel special need but in fact cares and respects her. I also want to bring in the topic that Maribel does give her consent with her relationship with mayor. I think the research that I would have to look up is the neurological diversity of the case to help me back it up that Maribel is okay with her relationship.

  13. Andrew Messina 4 months ago

    The theme is the american dream. It interests me because it is not always achievable to everyone, but it can be everyone’s dream. I do have to do research on the theme to better analyse it. My initial analysis is that the american dream is a good thing, but mostly unrealistic

  14. Eric J. Spencer 4 months ago

    1) sexism/racism
    2) it seems to be a central theme of most of the charactors
    3) Yes. Historical context and statistics will reinforce thesis
    4) Everyone has there prejudices

  15. Andres Olguin 4 months ago

    The issue of struggles that immigrants coming into the United States go through is what i want to write about. I want to write about this because my own parents came to the US from Mexico looking for better opportunities. I feel as though the awareness for this issue must be brought up.

  16. Eileen Sandoval 4 months ago

    Sexual Abuse between Quisqueya and her step-brother, Garrett and Maribel
    Im writing about this because it’s a serious issue that needs to stop.
    Yes, I probably need to look at the stats of how many women report abuse.
    I think this is serious issue that no woman, girl, or child should have deal with physically and emotionally.

  17. Samuel Acosta 4 months ago

    My theme will be machoism. This topic because I Grew up around it and its interesting to me because as I kept growing I noticed how subtly it was being taught to me. Kind of like propaganda, my intitial analysis will be around how that affects a family.

  18. Joseph Martinez 4 months ago

    1. Are disabled people capable of making their own decisions?
    2. To see if Mayor is acting in a predatory way. To see if Maribel is of sound mind. I’m interested because I’ve worked with special needs people in the past.
    3.I will need to find possible past court cases.
    4 I feel the relationship is mutual.

  19. Emmanuel Guerra 4 months ago

    1.Bullying in schools and in offsites is an issue in today’s world that causes conflict, enemies, and emotionally frustration.

    2. Love is unconditional when that person is willing to spend time or do anything to be with that person.

    My name theme is: Mayor and Maribel advantage

    I am interested in this topic becuase: It brings an interest when it comes into true love and how they are dealing with this relationship between Mayor and Maribel.

    Do you need research: Yes, too support my main idea and topic.

    Your initail analysis for this paper: I believe Mayor is being a gentlemen and is actually being there for her with her mental disability.

  20. Marcos Quintero 4 months ago

    My theme or issue is going to be about sacrificing for the ones you love, and how far you will go. I am writing about this because I find myself to be the type of person that will stop at nothing to make the ones that I love and care for happy. I do not believe I have to do any research online at all, but I will interview people in my family and friend circle. My side i lean on is that if you truly love and care for a person, you will do anything that you can. If you care but don’t necessarily love, there is a limit to your actions.

  21. Samuel Badal 4 months ago

    The theme that I want to examine is peace and conflict between races. I want to write about this because I find it interesting why some races get along in some instances and hate each other in different instances and why it seems that only some races get marginalized. I think that it would be useful to research what causes racism and what causes tolerance. I think that by researching that I will be able to find some patterns that cause tolerance and prejudice. My initial analysis is that races are tolerate to each other when they feel like they are fighting against something together.

  22. Noel Juarez 4 months ago

    1. The issue I want to work on is bullying.
    2. I am interested because bullying is a massive problem for a lot of people and especially for special needs people.
    3. I have to research bullying and its effects on not only normal people, but special needs people too.
    4. I see bullying as a massive problem for special needs people and Garrett as a bad person.

  23. Haylie Frans 4 months ago

    I’m writing about the relationship between Mayor and Maribel because I believe they have a very significant impact on each others lives in a positive way. I’ll need to do research on Maribel’s mental issues and the dynamic of consent that is involved between the two of them. My initial analysis is that they are good for each other and protect one another.

  24. Kyle Loc 4 months ago

    Literary Analysis Proposal
    1. My theme is the new problems that the Rivera family came across when they moved to the US.
    2. I want to write about this topic because I have always been interested in how my past family/generations came to the US.
    3. I do need some research so I can see the differences in problems between Asian and Hispanic families.
    4. The family came across many difficult and various problems as they set foot on US soil.

  25. Jose Hernandez 4 months ago

    I want to write about Mayor and Maribel’s relationship and whether or not he is taking advantage of her.
    I am going to write about this because before class I had not seen it as him taking advantage of her, but since we had discussed I had not really considered Maribel’s side of the relationship.
    I would search up mental impairments and see if actual decision making is made, or if people are naturally made vulnerable through relationships.

  26. Lauryn Sanchez 4 months ago

    1. I’m going to write about feminism
    2. I’m choosing to write about feminism because I feel like in a lot of cases women still aren’t looked at as equal even though it isn’t talked about as much as it use to be.
    3. Yes, I’m going to be looking at statistics
    4. My initial analysis is focusing on how many people still deal with this issue.

  27. Miriam Ramirez 4 months ago

    My issue that I will be writing about would probably be on Bullying and I will be writing about this because it is seen throughout the book and our society. Eventually, I will need to do some research for this analysis. You see this happen with Mayor a lot and Garret being the problem.

  28. Tatiana M. Ramirez 4 months ago

    1. My theme of is going to be on sexual abuse or is Mayor taking advantage of Maribel
    2. I’m writing about this because I know a close person that has gone through sexual abuse and I’m interned in writing about mayor and Maribel is he taking advantage of her.
    3. I might have to do research for Maribel if mentally cable of be in relationship and knowing what she wants.
    4. The initial analysis for the paper is that mayor is taking advantage of Maribel.

  29. Violet Biang 4 months ago

    1) Theme: disability and partners
    2) I am interested in the relationship that Mayor and Maribel have with each other.Its important to understand your partners defaults so you can better love them. Like how if you are dating someone who deals with anxiety or depression you should be patient and understanding with how they deal with things if its different from you.
    3) I need to do research on this and I need to discover some things too, society does not acknowledge people’s defaults as much in relationships and i’m excited to learn more so that I can be a better and more understanding partner myself.
    4) My initial interest is in the relationship that Mayor and Maribel have.

  30. Emanuel Galindo 4 months ago

    Create a new character to the story who also moved in to the apartments. Telling a story on how he arrived there also.

  31. Brianna Esquivel 4 months ago

    I am going to write about economic barriers or sexual assult. I want to talk about this because it is a big part of this story. I do need to do research with my anaylsis in a better undstanding of the topic. My intial analysis is that the american dream is harder to come across then what most might think.

  32. Nic Meneses 4 months ago

    1. I will be writing about the american dream
    2. it is an idea that can be seen from many different perspectives
    3. research the american dream and immigration
    4. I believe the american dream is an important aspect to why our country should continue to be so diverse

  33. Jaslene Canlas 4 months ago

    1. My theme I’m considered of doing is either the American Dream or Immigrants taken advantage of
    2. I’m thinking about writing either of those because I think it’s a current issue right now and is shown throughout the chapter.
    3. I might have to do some research depending on which topic I pick
    4. The initial analysis for the paper is that immigrants came to the US for the American Dream.

  34. Matthew Williams 4 months ago

    1.) A theme I want to look into is the fear of losing everything, bullying, or isolation.
    2.) I am writing about this because I want to understand what it’s like to be in a situation that’s on the verge of losing everything. I have experienced bullying before, so that’ll be something to write about. I would consider writing about isolation because I think it’ll be crazy to wonder what it’s like for others who are isolated.
    3.) Yes I believe I will have to do some research for my essay.
    4.) I want people to be aware of people who are on the verge of losing everything, bullying, or isolation.

  35. Elisabet Vasquez 4 months ago

    1.My theme is the unfairness of Machismo, in the book it seems like the women have no opinion and voice.
    2.Im writing about it because the issue is just getting worse with women being less and less respected. It interests me because i have famiy members that are women and deal with these issues.
    3. I believe i do have to do more research so i am able to back up my opinion
    4.My initial anaylises; I thought this would focus on only immigration and nothing else.

  36. 1. My theme is a unsafe home
    2. Im writing about this because the overall goal for a person, in my opinion is to be able to survive . Everyone in the novel wants their family to be safe and be able to survive.

  37. Jeff Marschalk 4 months ago

    1) I was thinking about writing about bullying.
    2) I want to get a better perspective on bullying and why it might happen. It interests me because when you are always the smallest person you always have some sort of bullying happening to you.
    3) I will need to do research about bullying.
    4) My initial analysis for the paper is how people can deal with bullying and how to they can possibly use it as motivation to succeed.

  38. Bryce Sternquist 4 months ago

    1. My theme is going to be on all the hardships and sacrifice the paents and other adults had to go through.
    2. It interest me becasue even thought this tory is more about the children we have to realise that the parents had a life beofre all of this. I can’t imagine picking up and leaving somewhere I’ve lived my whole life.
    3. Yes I have to research the different typres of harships people have gone through inorder to get to the U.S.
    4. Sacrifice all the parents did for there children so that they can have the opputunity to pursue the American dream.

  39. Hunter Wetzel 4 months ago

    Sexual Assault of Quisqueya.
    I am writing about it because it amazes me how her mother doesn’t believe what she said.

  40. Brian Campos 4 months ago

    1- The theme i would like to discuss is bullying.
    2- I choose bullying because it is a topic that stood out a lot to me, it is also one of the things brought up in our society a lot in our time right now.
    3- I need to start researching on different outcomes of bullying and why we bully people.
    4- My initial analysis is that Garret is making a lot of people’s life change in a negative way due to him bullying others.

  41. Irene Parra 4 months ago

    1.Theme: Mayor and Maribel
    2.I don’t think Mayor is taking advantage of Maribel in bad intentions, I believe he truly cares about her.
    3. I’m going to use quotes from the book and also other resources that have a similar situations.
    4. I believe mayor genuinely cares about maribel

  42. imran amani 4 months ago

    1. My theme or issue is Sexual Harassment
    2. I am writing about this because sexual harassment is no joke, it’s an interesting topic to talk about.
    3. I may need to do research because i don’t have any experience.
    4. My initial analysis is doing research.

  43. Abraham Hernandez 4 months ago

    1.) My theme goes something like, “Vigilantes are made when the police don’t do their job.”
    2.) It interests me because of the end and what happens. Also With Alma, thinking that she is doing the right thing when she goes to confront Garrett.
    3.) I would like to find stuff on vigilantes and what goes through their mind. Normal people who are sick and tired of waiting for authorities to step up, so they practically step up themselves and take that responsibility.
    4.) Because the cops didn’t step in, characters were in the mindset to take responsibility in their own hands.

  44. Deanna Vega 4 months ago

    Im heading towards..
    1. family abuse or econimic barriers
    2. im writing about this because i come from a hispanic family and i can relate to a lot of these issues and i would like to learn how to put an end to it.
    3. yes i do have ti do a lot of research, especially on economic barriers
    4. my initial analysis is that most hispanic families have the same barriers and theyre born into that so its had to change their minds on most things.

  45. Lorena Pascale 4 months ago

    1. My theme is going to be on abuse in the home.
    2. I am writing about this because I have seen the effects it has on people, well into their adult life. It affects how they see themselves, how they love others and how they parent. It is destructive and has life long affects on people. The abuse can live on for generations.
    3. Yes, I need to do research on this topic.
    4. My initial analysis is focusing on Arturo and the effects of this has on Mayor.

  46. Ryan Fields 4 months ago

    1. My topic is bullying.
    2. I chose to write about this topic because it is really popular in today’s society.
    3. Yes, I will need to do research in order to help me with my analysis.
    4. I do not think Mayor sees Mirabel as an outsider or as someone different just because of her disability.

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