Nalysis Essay (Character): Johann Goethe, Elective Affinities

Analysis Essay (Character): Johann Goethe, Elective Affinities. An analysis essay argues how parts of a text develop the whole. To make such an argument you need to divide the whole text into pieces. To do this division you need an analytical principle that selects relevant parts of the whole in order to interpret the whole text. In literary texts, examples of elements would include a?plot, character, setting, point of view, symbol, image, or tone.a? An analysis essay establishes in the introduction the analytical element, the intellectual framework. Such a framework can be a quotation or paraphrase from either inside the text or outside. The introduction should also include the authoras name and the textas name. It should also include a brief summary of the texta no more than a few sentences. Finally, the introduction should conclude with the authoras thesis. Your essay cannot be merely, or even mostly, a summary of the plot or a description of the images or themes. Your job is to interpret.

The body of the essay must then argue how specific parts of the text show the validity of the thesis. These parts must be explicated. It is not enough to merely point to passages and make some claim or proclamation about what the parts mean. To explicate is To make clear the meaning of; to explain.a? These passages can be interpreted by explaining their words, grammar, or syntax; or their structures; or their emotional, psychological, or ethical components.

Write an analysis essay on Goethes Elective Affinites. This analysis must interpret the entire novel by analyzing selected parts of the whole. Such parts should include passages from the beginning, middle, and end of the novel. For this essay, you must use the following analytical principle: Characters are the persons presented in a dramatic or narrative work, who are interpreted by the reader as being endowed with moral, dispositional [a persons inherent qualities of mind or character], and emotional qualities that are expressed in what they say--the dialogue--and by what they do--the action(M. H. Abrams, A Glossary of Literary Terms, Sixth Ed. [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1993]: 23).

The essay must analyze one of the four main characters of the novel: Eduard, Charlotte, Ottilie, or the Captain. The essay must predicate the specific endowment (moral, dispositional, or emotional) of one of these characters. As a part of this argument, the essay must analyze an example that shows the character is not that endowment and then refute that analysis; in other words, the essay must show an example that refutes the claim about the basic endowment and then show how the example actually does show that endowment.

This essay must be at least 1000 words.

An analysis essay examines only a single elementa such as a?plot, character, point of view, symbol, tone, or irony and relates it to the entire work. An analytic topic separates the work into parts and focuses on a specific onea? (Michael Meyer, Thinking and Writing About Literature [Bedford 1995]: 24)). To analyze is to separate into parts. An analysis essay then demonstrates how that specific element, and only that element, develops the whole text. It is essential to recognize that an analysis essay is not a summary of the story. However, a short summary of the story in the introduction is necessary.

Select an element from the text, define this element as an intellectual framework or analytic principle, discuss and explain that text through the lens of the principle, and finally show how that element as defined by the principle develops the whole text. The framework or principle must be explicitly defined in the essayas introduction. This definition needs to be a literary definition. That definition must be analyzed and exemplified throughout the essay. In order to explain how the element develops the whole novel, discuss and show a thesis or theme that the overall novel is arguing. Then provide evidence to support the claim that the element develops the whole. Such evidence must come from the beginning, middle, and end of the novel. Do not discuss life outside of the text and do not relate the story to life.

The essay then examines, explicates, and argues the particular interpretation, the authoras thesis or slant on the text. A thesis is an idea, a sentence that contains a single subject and single predicate or a single subject and a single framework
The essay must also show how the specific element relates to the entire work. Focus the essay on this specific element: a?The specific element must be related to the work as a whole or it will appear irrelevanta? (24). The relationship between the part (the element) and the whole must be explicit, explained, and demonstrated. Such an essay should include quotations, summary to provide context, paraphrase, and explication of relevant parts of the primary text. A brief summary of the whole story should be in the introduction, but it is important to emphasize that the essay is an analysis not a summary of the story
Quotations must be introduceda donat merely plop them on the page. The most common introduction is something like a?the speaker says.a? Quotations can also be integrated into sentences that are in part not part of the quotation. Cite the primary source (the story) parenthetically by page number. If a quotation is short, run it into the prose; if it is long, set it apart. Such a quotation is called a block or long quotation. Remember that long quotations do not count toward the word length of the assignment