Critical Analysis Instructions

  “You obviously have a solid understanding of the period after writing that first essay. If you’d like, you may use that as the foundation for a revised essay (based on the original assignment directions), this time focusing on a specific work of literature that defines certain characteristics of the period. You may email this revised essay by 7-15 for credit.” 

In this literary analysis, you will write a 750–1,000-word essay in which you focus on features of style, topic, form, issue, or theme that distinguishes 1 work as either Neoclassical or Romantic.  Consider the specific ways that your chosen literary text reacts to or wrestles with 1 or more of these major social concerns. You may use the Bible, the primary text, and the introductory essays from your anthology: “The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century” (pp 931-960) or “The Romantic Period,” in your discussion. This essay must begin with an introduction that includes the subject of the work (title and author) as well as a thesis. The body of your essay must prove the value and logic of your thesis through examples from the text. This essay must present critical thinking and discovery, not simply known facts about a work. Do not give a plot summary; this is not a book report. The author(s) and work(s) must be selected from those we have read for this course. Important: Please do not conduct an author biography; assume that your reader(s) know about the author(s) of the work(s) you have selected for your literary analysis.


NOTE for this assignment:

  • Review the following information about thesis sentences: A thesis statement must present an argument (proposition), not merely a statement of fact.
  • Adhere to academic writing standards, which include using 3rd person only, omitting contractions and jargon, and remaining in literary present tense.  For additional information on literary present tense, see
  • Include a targeted title that suggests the purpose stated in the thesis. The title should not be “Critical Analysis,” nor should it be simply the title of the primary text (the poem, play, essay, or fiction).
  • No outside research is allowed since the analysis must be your own work.  Including any source outside of the Bible, your anthology, or the primary text will result in a “0” for the assignment.
  • The essay must be double-spaced, written in Times New Roman 12-point font, and use 1” margins. In addition, format your paper using current MLA, APA, or Turabian format (whichever corresponds to your degree program).
  • You must document information from the literature through in-text citations and an end-text Works Cited/References/Bibliography page conforming to current MLA, APA, or Turabian format.
  • Do not use any material or words from sources without giving proper credit for that material or those words. To do otherwise is plagiarism and will result in a “0” on the paper or a possible “F” for the course. Your paper will be checked for plagiarism.
  • Review the Critical Analysis Grading Rubric to learn more about how the paper will be graded. Comply with all requirements.


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Submit this assignment by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 4.