Don't know where to start when writing a literary analysis?
This presentation by Purdue OWL is a great introduction and/or refresher on writing about literature. The presentation also points out key elements to remember when writing a literary analysis.
Developing a thesis statement
Spending 5-10 minutes thinking about your research question will ultimately help you save time, develop a more organized research strategy, and ultimately, a more organized paper. The thesis statement guides the reader through your paper. The thesis statement helps the reader anticipate your argument.
The thesis statement is born from your research question. It has, of course, gone through many transforamtions. Like the thesis staement, the research question guides you through your process and help you decide what to look for and where to look for it.
Elements of a good question: The research question and thesis statement should be imited in scope, specific, and offer a particular perspective. The examples below show a mix of helpful and unhelpful thesis statements. (Taken from http://germslav.byu.edu/german/capstone_literature/ and https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/618/01/
Examples of helpful thesis statements:
The exercises below are a great place to start when you are organizing your research.
When to look for ARTICLES
Integrating Resources into Your Paper
The final step in writing a literary analysis is to ethically integrate the secondary (supporting) materials that you used to defend your thesis statement. This included appropriately citing the source according the citation style requested and producing a list of materials used in a works cited page, footnotes, or bibliography.