Ompare and contrast three novels through analysis and interpretation in a well-organized essay.

Critical analysis of novels examines literary elements such as theme, figurative language, structure, sociological or psychological traits of characters, and the historical context of the characters and the setting in order to reveal meaning. A good analytical essay focuses in-depth on a few important aspects of the works and explains how they shape meaning and impact the reader. It uses direct evidence from the texts to support its points and the interpretation it achieves is consistent with the evidence cited.

Task:

In a well-developed essay of 3-5 pages examine the role of the protagonist in these three novels.

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Emma by Jane Austen
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

Compare and contrast the journey each protagonist makes toward self-awareness. Discuss the ways in which three literary elements of each novel affect the reader s perception of the protagonist s growth.



A. Title: Give your essay a descriptive title
B. Introduction:

Introduce the role of each protagonist in a general way that gives a frame of reference for your paper.
Specifically mention the three novels including titles and authors.
Include supporting statements that establish grounds for comparison.
Include a thesis statement which explicitly addresses the ways in which the literary elements of each novel affect the reader s perception of the protagonist s growth.
C. Body  Construction:

Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence which directly relates to the thesis statement.
Create smooth transitions between paragraphs.
D. Body  Content:

Provide a summary of the protagonist s growth as examined in the first novel.
Provide a summary of the protagonist s growth as examined in the second novel.
Provide a summary of the protagonist s growth as examined in the third novel.
Comparative point of the first literary element:
a. Connect the comparative point in a plausible way to the first novel.
b. Connect the comparative point in a plausible way to the second novel.
c. Connect the comparative point in a plausible way to the third novel.
d. Support your argument with insightful comments; do not summarize.

Cite evidence from the novels (using APA format).
Use direct quotes from the novels (using APA format).
5. Comparative point of the second literary element:

a. Connect the comparative point in a plausible way to the first novel.
b. Connect the comparative point in a plausible way to the second novel.
c. Connect the comparative point in a plausible way to the third novel.
d. Support your argument with insightful comments; do not summarize.

Cite evidence from the novels (using APA format).
Use direct quotes from the novels (using APA format).
6. Comparative point of the third literary element:

a. Connect the comparative point in a plausible way to the first novel.
b. Connect the comparative point in a plausible way to the second novel.
c. Connect the comparative point in a plausible way to the third novel.
d. Support your argument with insightful comments; do not summarize.

Cite evidence from the novels (using APA format).
Use direct quotes from the novels (using APA format).
E. Conclusion:

Revisit your introduction and thesis statement without repeating it.
Provide a brief summary of how you proved your argument.
F. Bibliography (in APA format)


Note: When using outside sources to support ideas and elements in a paper, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the paper. Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from outside sources, even if cited correctly. Here are some helpful APA resources: