I am lost on how to write an essay on English Literature.

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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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