I am lost on how to write an essay on English Literature.
If this was the essay prompt, I would outline it as follows (please note each section is a section not a paragraph). You will have to research each of these ideas on your own; while I have given some examples, you should use your own based on your reading experiences.
Introduction -- definition of literature and English literature
Body 1 -- History -- discuss each time historically and how the history affected the literature of the period.
(think of literary movements as well, such as existentialism, romance, etc.)
- oral tradition and its impact
- medieval literature -- usually religious, Arthurian, or courtly romance. ie. Canterbury tales
- Elizabethan -- Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe
- renaissance -- printing press, John...
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