Planning a Literary Essay About Character
The questions below will help you plan your literary essay about a character. You may have already answered some of them in your Student Guide, so refer to your Student Guide, if you wish.
Remember: You need to complete the assignment by the due date to receive full credit.
1. Name the title of the short story, the author, and the character you intend to write about. Answer in a complete, grammatically correct sentence.
I choose, the narrating girl from White Umbrella, and the author is Gish Jen.
2. Write the thesis statement of your essay. It should consist of one sentence that states the story’s main idea and how the character relates to the idea.
My essay is based upon what I observed from the Narrator, about how she realizes what’s really important, and how she discovered it.
4. What pattern of organization will you use in your essay? Why did you choose this pattern?
I am going to do ‘cause and effect’ organization. I chose this because I want to explain the events the she was involved in, and what happened due to those events.
5. Write an informal outline for your essay. Use the format below. (Add more supporting paragraphs, if you need to.) Your outline should contain enough information for the reader to understand what you plan to include.
Title of my essay: What’s important, is on the inside.
I will begin my introduction with this hook:
Have you ever fought, or resented a parent?