Now that you have your quotes, put them in your outline. For each paragraph, have your mini thesis, the quote you want to use, and then the points for each quote. One basic rule of thumb is that for each quote, you want two sentences after as well as one before it that introduces it to the reader. Don't just put in a quote straight after your topic sentence without any kind of transition to it introducing it or you will drive your professor nuts. This also goes for any scenes you may reference.
At this point, you want your outline to include that you want X quote here, and you will support it by saying Y and Z. I like to use two pieces of evidence for each paragraph. When analyzing and comparing two books in an essay, this makes it easy because each piece of evidence can come from each novel. Or you can switch off paragraphs going from one book and how it supports your thesis to another paragraph about the other book and how it does (or does not) do the same thing. Once you have finished your outline, you can begin writing your analytic essay.
So, you've finished your introduction paragraph and got started on writing the meat of your essay. For each topic sentence for each paragraph of the body, you will have evidence to support that mini thesis of yours that supports your thesis. Yes, it's like a train that never ends and you're the one directing it. Have no fear, your outline should help make things easier.
Each sentence that you write after the quote is an explanation to the reader for why you chose this quote. Does it best show us how a specific symbol was used in the text? Is it key to the development of a character? Tell us. Then go into analyzing it for us in terms of the big picture, aka your thesis.
At the close of each paragraph, summarize what you just said with the main idea that you just proved and transition to the next paragraph and the next point you will make. Repeat until you get to the conclusion. All of this may sound like learning how to write an essay analyzing two books is too complicated but, once you get into the swing of things, it will become easier.
WritingYour Literary Analysis
Stepone: Read the work forits literal meaning. Make sure youunderstand the plot of the play or novel and who the characters are.
Step two: Annotatethe play or novel--underline descriptions that seem significant to you. Write down your reactions, questions,and comments.
Step three: Drawa picture of the story or draw a character map that notes how you feel abouteach main character in the beginning of the work and how you feel about themain characters at the end of the work.
Step four: Review your notes about what you read.
Step five: Decidewhat question you want to answer about the works you are analyzing. Your thesis is the answer to your question. Try to develop an interesting thesisand interpretation. Choose thequotes and evidence in the story that support your thesis.
Suggested Structure of Your Literary Analysis Essay
A. Summarize what each work is aboutin one sentence. Don't forget to mention the title of the each work you are analyzingand who the author is.
B. State the main pointor thesis of your essay. Yourthesis should answer a question about how an important element in the piece ofliterature works. For instance, you might answer the question: What do you thinkwas the main point the author was trying to make about his/her subject (theme) or what was the author trying to showthrough one of the characters?
A. Explain your firstpoint connected to your thesis and support it with quotations from the book.
B. Explain your secondpoint connected to your thesis and support it with quotations from the book.
C. Explain your mostimportant idea connected to your thesis. Discuss your interpretation and support it with quotations from thebook.
(Note:Be careful that you don't just re-tell the story without giving yourinterpretations. A better analysiswould focus on your interpretation, not on synopsizing the story.)
III. Conclusion: You can summarize your main points, andconnect them to your thesis. Youcan connect your interpretation to a larger theme in the novel or you canexplain what you learned about human nature or the complexity of humanexperience through the novel.