Literary Analysis Essay


The goals of this assignment are as follows:
The goal of this short essay is to persuade your readers of the efficacy of your original argument driven analysis of The History of King Lear and “Nature” in a 6-7 page, double spaced essay through logical progression and close analysis of primary and secondary texts. You’ll upload your short paper as a .pdf or .docx in to T-Square on Thurs, Oct 26 by 5:00PM.


A successful Literary Analysis Essay will accomplish the following:
  • Make an arguable claim about The History of King Lear and Nature (or a subsidiary term of your choice: ecology, anthropocene, posthumanism, ecocriticism, etc.).
  • Develop your claim through close analysis of at least three passages from The History of King Lear. 
  • Show how your argument fits into a larger conversation about King Lear and Nature by including analysis and citation from at least one scholarly source published no earlier than 2000.
  • Essay must include a clear claim on the required topics; key terms defined and used consistently throughout; close analysis of both primary and secondary source text that accounts for linguistic features and meaning; topic sentences and transitions that show how your readings develop your claim; and few to no grammar, sentence, and mechanical issues.
  • Final draft needs to be at least 6-7 pages, double spaced long; all in-text citations and works cited in MLA; uploaded to T-Square as a .docx or .pdf.


The Literary Analysis Essay is worth 20% of your total grade and will be assessed as follows:
  • 1. Rhetorical Awareness: Does the Literary Analysis Essay address the situation (and assignment) completely and/or with unexpected insight? Does the Essay make an arguable claim about The History of King Lear and Nature (or a subsidiary term)? (20%)
  • 2. Stance: Does the Essay articulate a complex, unifying argument that articulates a sophisticated position and explores the multiple implications of that position? Does the Essay show the argument fits into larger conversations about The History of King Lear and Nature by citing/analyzing at least one secondary, scholarly source? (20%)
  • 3.Development of Ideas: Does the author develop his/her claim through fully analyzed evidence that supports all related claims? Does the author develop her/his claim through close analysis of the linguistic features and meaning of at least three passages from The History of King Lear?  (20%)
  • 4. Organization: Does the Essay sustain the claim throughout?  Are transitions from one portion of the Essay to the next clear and logical? Has author adapted typical organizational patterns of academic writing? Is there a conclusion? (20%)
  • 5. Process: Does the final draft  demonstrate planning and revision? (10%)
  • 6. Conventions:Does essay meet grammar, mechanics style, and syntax conventions with few or no errors? Is Essay in MLA? (10%)