Topic: May I ask what is considered a good literary character essay introduction and conclusion?Hi guys, hope you all can help me with my question. I would like to know a typical literature...

Topic: May I ask what is considered a good literary character essay introduction and conclusion?

Hi guys, hope you all can help me with my question. I would like to know a typical literature character essay introduction and conclusion for the characters in "Julius Caesar." (Mainly, the structure and some words to use.) Thanks in advance!

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Just to add a few ideas--

Perhaps you may wish to include in your introduction a passage from the play that exemplifies the characteristics of the character that you will analyse.  For instance, if one writes about either Brutus or Cassius, the famous line of Brutus,

No, Cassius; for the eye sees not itself/But by reflection, by some other things (I,ii,52-53)

acts as a fulcrum to launch the analysis of the too idealistic Brutus whose envious friend Cassius acts as his

glass/Will modestly discover to yourself/That of yourself which you yet know not of. (I,ii,68-70)

Or, if you analyse Cassius, you may wish to use his own words which prove  true:

Men at some time are masters of their fates:/The fault, dear Brutus,is not in our stars,/But in ourselves, that we are underlings. (I,ii,139-141)

Remember that in the final act, Cassius himself becomes superstitious and, therefore, contradicts himself--interestingly.  This contradiction certainly reveals much about Cassius. 

These quotes or other cogent lines will, as akannan suggests, initiate the analysis of the character that will "open the reader to a critical thought process."  After all, this is your objective in a character analysis essay:  to convince through logical reasons the reader of your thesis.  Then, in order to conclude with a "clincher," you can certainly turn again to a relevant quote.

See the site below on 10 easy steps to writing a character analysis, as it may also be of some assistance.


Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Much of how to write a character analysis will lie in the specifications of a teacher or instructor, as different individuals will have different requirements for a paper like this. I would always say that the introduction to a character analysis should include some thoughts as to why the character is compelling or distinctive.  Additionally, I would think that the introduction should briefly discuss the arc of a character's development throughout the course of the work.  Naturally, you will be providing more detailed insight to this as the paper progresses, but I think that being able to lay out the broad strokes of the character and their evolution or growth throughout the paper is justified.  In terms of this specific analysis, I think that an introduction should incorporate the idea that Caesar is the title character, but speaks the fewest lines and dies half way through it.  Perhaps, this introduction can also discuss that Caesar's primary function in the play is to serve as the test case for whether or not a leader is deemed to be effective, the criteria for determining effectiveness, as well as the recourse for those who perceive a leader to be ineffective.  Your introduction should open the reader to begin a critical thought process about the character's depiction in the work and the implications that stem from this.

benjamineu | Student

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benjamineu | Student

Sorry guys but I do not understand what you all are talking about. E.g. on Cassius, I state the points of Wise, Manipulative and Shrewd and for Brutus, Honourable, Patriotic and Gullible. May I know how to write a good introduction and conclusion for it? Anyway, please reply quick since my literature examination is two days later. Thanks alot!

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