Prompt: Write a literary analysis essay to deconstruct and analyze one theme of Beowulf. Your essay will explain how one particular theme is embodied in the plot of the epic poem, and its progression throughout the story



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Prompt: Write a literary analysis essay to deconstruct and analyze one theme of Beowulf. Your essay will explain how one particular theme is embodied in the plot of the epic poem, and its progression throughout the story. Use specific lines/quotes from the poem to support your analysis. Your essay must be typed in MLA format.

Beowulf Literary Analysis - Theme

SAMPLE OUTLINE

I. Introduction

A. Hook


B. Introduce author and title

C. A brief summary of the plot

D. Lead-in to Thesis

E. Thesis



II. Body Paragraph

A. Topic Sentence

B. Lead-in to textual evidence/quote 1

C. Textual evidence/quote 1

D. Commentary/analysis

E. Transition and lead-in to textual evidence/quote 2

F. Textual evidence/quote 2

G. Commentary/analysis

H. Concluding/clincher sentence

III. Body Paragraph

A. Topic Sentence

B. Lead-in to textual evidence/quote 1

C. Textual evidence/quote 1

D. Commentary/analysis

E. Transition and lead-in to textual evidence/quote 2

F. Textual evidence/quote 2

G. Commentary/analysis

H. Concluding/clincher sentence

IV. Real World Connection to the Theme

A. Topic Sentence

B. Evidence/real world connection

C. Elaboration/Explanation

G. Commentary/analysis

H. Concluding/clincher sentence



V. Conclusion

A. Summarize your argument



B. Extend the argument

C. Explain why the text/theme is important

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