What literary elements should I use to write this essay so that it comes out to be an analysis essay instead of a summary essay? I wrote this essay already but it came out to be a summary...

What literary elements should I use to write this essay so that it comes out to be an analysis essay instead of a summary essay? 

I wrote this essay already but it came out to be a summary instead of an analysis; that's why I need help to know how to write an analysis essay without too much summary.

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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There is a distinct difference between a summary and an analysis whether it is in essay form or not.  An analysis requires critical thinking about your topic. For example, if you believe that mentally challenged children need society's acceptance, you must think about what that would look like; in other words, you need to break down the pieces of acceptance and analyze the meaning and significance of each part.  Why should society accept these children?  Is it important for the society to do so?  What does it affect if they aren't accepted?  Look at your essay again and see if you have discussed why society should care or what happens to a society which refuses these children.  Why should the parents of a challenged child be supported in any way?  In what ways would you suggest and how will that help both the family and the society in which they live?  

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laterragna | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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Consider how diction (word choice) and tone (author's attitude) affect the mood of the work.  Analyze the effect of literary devices (e.g., use of metaphors, similes, etc.).  Think about the significance of syntax (sentence structure).  These components will help you create a literary ANALYSIS rather than just a summary of plot.

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