What should I choose to write on for my literary anaylsis paper (plot, character development,suspense, relationship between plot and conflict)?Well I'm just curious on which one would be easier to...

What should I choose to write on for my literary anaylsis paper (plot, character development,suspense, relationship between plot and conflict)?

Well I'm just curious on which one would be easier to write on.

It has to be no more than 2 pages, double spaced,with oneinch margins.

Please explain :)

~thank you

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hbrown-phs eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You should first look at the text you have to analyze.  What are the strongest elements?  Are the characters especially colorful?  Is suspense a big part of the plot? No matter what you analyze, you should have an overall meaning that the element is used to convey. For example:  what lessons do the characters teach?  what's the purpose of the suspense?  Be sure not to say that the purpose is "to entertain" or "to keep the reader's interest."  Find a strong lesson or meaning that any person could take from the story and apply to a variety of situations.  Once you've identified the strong lesson or meaning, then find three or four examples from the story (specific to characters or whichever element you choose to analyze) and use those examples to prove your overall meaning.

If no single element (character, plot, suspense) is stronger than another, then the relationship between plot and conflict is always a good one.  Ask yourself:  what is the main struggle in the story? who or what are the opposing forces? how does the recurrence of the conflict make the story move forward? how is the conflict resolved?  If you answer those three questions in three distinct paragraphs, using examples from the book, then you'll have a pretty good analysis.  You can make it stronger by adding introduction and conclusion paragraphs that address an overall topic and make an overall application to any reader. 

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