The format of writing a literature essay is just like other essays. However, literature essays are different in some ways. Its format and content are slightly different because of the way books are introduced and how topics (contents) are discussed.
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In literary context, an Introduction include the definitions of the key words, elaboration of the question, introducing the titles and the writers, as well as the question sentence that leads to the discussion of the points of the first text in the main body of an essay.
Most literary essays have clear topic sentence.
For example, in BLACK HERMIT, the playwright may have portrayed the following role of women in this way:
Tool of pleasure. Tool is any object that can be used to satisfy a certain need. In this play, the playwright has portrayed women as ones who are used by men for pleasure. For example, Remi uses Jane for pleasure because he knows he can’t marry her, and this is basically because he has a wife already, Thoni.
|This is a book or poem is introduced in the literary essay|
In this example, there is a topic sentence (Tool of pleasure); short definition of a topic sentence (Tool is any object that can be used to satisfy a certain need); connecting a topic sentence to the question/text (In this play, the playwright has portrayed women as ones who are used by men for pleasure); and giving example from the text (For example, Remi uses Jane for pleasure because he knows he can’t marry her, and this is basically because he has a wife already, Thoni)
|The important parts of a topic sentence/point of in a literary essay|
It is a tradition that a second book or poem is neither introduced in the body of introduction nor in the body of a paragraph of a point. Instead a book or a poem is introduced in the separate paragraph as you will see in the sample literary essay format attached below.
In the conclusion, the students use a correct transition word such as Therefore, Generally, and the like. Then the students can provide the consequences of his/her discussion or the results of his/her findings. After that, the students can finalise his/her conclusion with the suggestions or the way forward concerning the issue or problem he/she has discussed in the essay.
FULL SAMPLE LITERARY ESSAY
Focus Question: What are the roles of women portrayed in any two plays you have read under this course?
In literary context, roles may be defined as the functions or various positions a certain character may perform in a particular work of art. Various playwrights portray roles of women in their works. By using BLACK HERMIT by Ngugi wa Thiong’o and THE LION AND THE JEWEL by Wole Soyinka the following roles of women have been portrayed:
In BLACK HERMIT, the playwright has portrayed the following roles of women;
Tool of pleasure. The playwright has portrayed women as ones who are used by men for pleasure. For example, Remi uses Jane for pleasure because he knows he can’t marry her, and this is basically because he has a wife already, Thoni.
No decision making. Women are also the ones who cannot decide on some important issues in their families and societies. For instance, Remi decides not to give Thoni any opportunity to decide about their marriage. Remi also decides on his own without involving Jane in decision making.
In THE LION AND THE JEWEL, the playwright has also portrayed the following roles of women in the society;
No decision making. Playwright shows that this is obvious in this society as men like Baroka decides everything in the family. For instance, it is Baroka who decides to pursue Sidi as his wife to be. Baroka uses his power to influence his decisions over his wives and his people as well.
Source of pleasure. The playwright also portrays that women are used by men for pleasure. For example, Baroka sleeps with Sidi only for pleasure before Lakunle. This is obvious because Baroka himself has many wives just for pleasure and pomposity.
Therefore, the women are portrayed through various ways which are unacceptable in the modern societies because they contribute to inequalities among human beings. Thus, we should call upon several strategies like effective women empowering, gender balance, gender equality to mention a few in order to attain full, equal, and responsible members of the society.
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