How to Write a Book Analysis

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To write a book analysis, create a thesis argument, form points that prove your thesis, read criticism of the book, and proofread the analysis carefully. Avoid summarizing the plot of a book in a book analysis with advice from a writing instructor in this free video on writing.

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Hi, I'm Laura from and I'm going to talk about how to write a book analysis. An important thing to know about a book analysis is it's definitely not a book report so you're not going to summarize the plot or give any you know, it's not a summary or synopsis. It's an analysis. And your instructor or whoever assigns this to you will probably let you know whether they want it to be a thesis driven analysis or a more exploratory analysis. And a thesis driven analysis you start with one overriding idea and then you're going to carry that thesis throughout your analysis. Now before you begin you'll probably want to read some other book analysis and get an idea of how they're written. Also read other criticism of this book and get an idea, sort of a general conversation about the book. And then in your analysis, you will form points that carry home your thesis. So if you have one thesis about the book you're going to find ways to defend that and to make your point. And so each paragraph of your analysis will be dedicated to one specific point that supports your thesis. Be sure to proofread your paper very carefully and possibly have a couple other readers read it and give you feed back. This helps to make your assignment more polished and it'll help overall in your thought process, having other people read it and give you some feedback on your analysis. Again, a book analysis is not a report and you want to assume that your reader has also read the book. So you're going to be supporting an idea, a central idea about the book in the form of an ongoing thesis, and conclude by reinforcing that thesis. So those are some ideas about how to write a book analysis.


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