How to Write a Literary Analysis Essay on Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

How to Write a Literary Analysis Essay on Twilight by Stephenie Meyer



all it'll take is just one moment we are using Twilight to write an essay because it's a book that our kids are familiar with something that we felt like we should read as English teachers who teach high school student the claim that we had a proposed this is how bella perceives what love is and since the books narrated from her point of view we would get the idea that that's what the book is arguing how would you state that simply love is about sacrifice right loves about sacrificing what you want or denying your own needs to be with somebody else something like that so those one views love is being about sacrifice your pdd-nos heroic deeds read words and it's willing to sacrifice your entire for life and death to be with him bro I think that's an acceptable reading of the evidence that we have pulled so how do we turn this into a body paragraph essay so we don't start with the introduction because we do the introduction after we write the body paragraph so we know that our claim is definitely saying what we think it's gonna say so I think the first thing we do is we look at the evidence so then we put together the quotes that seem to talk about love the most explicitly so the whole claim is she really didn't denies her own needs for Edward Edwards maybe we choose one thing that she denies or one thing that she gives up as an example and God as a body paragraph don't make sense Harvey wants to do the first one just because that's when they meet but that doesn't really give up anything and that I think the last one is probably the most obvious she finds out later that he's been watching her repeatedly in all of these she's giving up a normal life isn't she like in a normal life or relationship none of these things would happen but she's willing to put up with the extraordinary nature of his life / non life in order to be with them secret beyond extraordinary I mean I think the literal meaning of the word extra outside of the ordinary she's looking for something that's beyond what any normal high school kid can expect so if we use the sleeping one that's a really good one I think that actually matches with the first one now if you're talking about getting up an ordinary relationship because the first quote she's matching up fear with love adrenaline and all those are out of the ordinary experiences this is like him looking at me does something to my heart makes my skin I said I think it says right after that something like makes her skin for you that functions as a claim that they won't have an ordinary relationship so I guess now we need to figure out how to make this our body paragraph just clear that you can have an ordinary relationship now we need commentary I mean for one that's an extreme reaction he tenses up in class is not normal to go up to the office to ask to be moved from our class because a hot girl comes to sit beside you the real term port is arousal right I mean it could be attraction arousal or your arousal respond the same click on association confusing are yours the same this paragraph of the long road to talk about other quote to know anybody wants a new paragraph I mean if we were writing this full essay we would obviously continue with our body paragraphs until our entire thesis was supported we have three steps with the introduction that we typically do there's big sentence like introduce the topic in a general way background give background about the story and the last step is the big idea or thesis so we've already got the thesis written so really we need to i would say work backwards background information always should include title author genre dude that's really sweet interaction just needs an opening sentence he's a big one about Laura Jarrah yeah we could we could start with what is love ? remodeling good habits why is that a bad idea it's literary should be avoided at all costs no really you don't put rhetorical questions getting invested days people tell you because it's supposed to be a hook make people think about what their answers that question is and it comes across as cheesy and condescending we can often start with a statement of like misconception as well and I think in this case you could say something about the nature of teenage love I think that's a good idea most adults see teenage romance as immature and lacking any depth and then there has to be response that night teenage girl network yeah I'm happy with that ok the conclusion has three steps to it moves from restate thesis to relate to the reader to remember the way you started and come back to that idea the next part is the part of the conclusion that we really make the conclusions about the novel in the paragraphs we've given commentary on how the actions show how they feel and so now we make a bigger judgment about what love is through the lens that were given in Twilight alright so we have to look at Venice that we already have in these body paragraph to see what Stephanie Mars really saying about love yeah what is she saying that you have to sacrifice in order to be with someone you love seems to me the true love means that you are willing to sacrifice everything she doesn't mean just everything like your xbox and not just your life too because there's something thankfully noble about sacrificing your life for something that you love but she's also talking about your sense of self and your dignity and your sense of privacy and all of that by mashing that if I say it like that that sounds like it's kind of a bad thing that seems to you with evidence indicates though I now know that you can save it any other way I know that there's a lot of romantic poetry and movies that have that idea of like someone becoming so much a part of you that you can't possibly live without them I think both of them do you say that take a technical times less codependence and codependence is I need you there like my life with all parties work there but the message is that her life is meaningless without him therefore by extension if you aren't with the person you love or you aren't in love with someone than your life doesn't have meaning I think the book is trying to be teenage love can be something wonderful and passionate and all those things but what is really doing is supporting the caricatured version that most people have of th quite apart from the fact that I think it's poorly written and I struggle with the unbelievable ax t of the entire thing the most dangerous thing in Twilight is that it normalizes an abusive relationship yes they do care about each other very deeply but they are dependent they are incredibly emotionally unstable and the way Edward treats her is its condescending at best and at worst it's straight-up abuse the fact that she allows it all to happen to that she doesn't see the first signs oh he's kind of stopping me and say no more nice troubling that he doesn't she is troubling that she loves him enough to allow him to do these things too she has no self-esteem or self-worth at all if you go through the first chapter to the the way that she talks about herself is always negative the number of times she calls herself stupid or clumsy or he does to ya and it only reinforces the fact that she doesn't feel like she has any right to have someone love her so the purpose of the conclusion is to is not just to restate everything we've said in our paper the purpose of the conclusion is to offer a conclusive opinion basically about a book that we we've written the whole essay without even hinting that we have a problem with the thesis or problem with how the author's presenting the characters are the themes that doesn't mean that we weren't able to write a decent literary analysis essay for it though you don't have to like something in order to analyze it and your essay doesn't have to read as oh wow they hated this book and you don't even need to say that really in the end if your analysis tears it apart then it's it's pretty clear from our conclusion that we're not a big fan of the book I want to be clear that there's nothing wrong with pop fiction in general principles we have problem with this particular piece because of what it argues about love and the patterns that it sets but generally speaking there are things that are fun to read and there's nothing wrong with that it's just not something that we do with literary analysis but what it doesn't do is what great books do which is it changes the way you think about characters are about yourself my impression is that a lot of people reading this book don't hear anything about her at all that she's kind of a blank canvas to paint their own whatever zone you there are ways of writing about things you dislike without saying I think this book sucks and so most students think that their thesis needs to be this is a horrible book but our thesis was something that we could prove through the text and then we made our conclusion or our opinion about what we thought of it even if we never stated it directly it's I mean if you read that conclusion it's fairly clear that we don't think that anyone should be in a relationship where those things are true or at least no one should be in a relationship with a vampire that's horrible yeah exactly

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