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Sample Introductions for Literary Essay

One way that you could write your introduction is


by using an "inverted pyramid structure."
This is called an inverted pyramid because your
introduction begins with a broad and general
statement and then gets more specific as it
continued on.
When you use inverted pyramid structure, you:
1. Give any relevant background/context
2. Make your claim/thesis
3. Write your topic sentencespy
For this literary essay, because you are writing
about theme in your short stories, relevant
background information/context could be:

A brief summary of the story you are writing about

A general statement related to the theme in your story

A general statement about theme

Examples:
A brief summary of the story you are writing about:
All Summer In A Day by Ray Bradbury is a great science fiction story set on the
planet Venus. It tells the story of how the children who live there (the rocket children)
treat one of their classmates, Margot. Throughout the story, the author makes clear his
theme, which is that people shouldnt judge others just because they are different. He
does this by using characterization, repetition, and character realizations.
A general statement related to the theme in your story
Dont judge a book by its cover. Its a phrase thats repeated many times to both
children and adults that means that people shouldnt judge by appearances. Ray
Bradbury presents a similar idea in his story All Summer In A Day. However, Bradbury
doesnt just focus on appearance. In this story, Bradbury develops the theme that
people shouldnt judge others because of any difference. He makes this clear by using
characterization, repetition, and character realizations.
A general statement about theme
Every story has a theme, which is the message that the author wants to show
readers. In the story All Summer In A Day, for example, Ray Bradbury develops the
theme that people shouldnt judge others just because they are different. He makes this
theme clear to readers by using characterization, repetition, and character realizations.

Conclusion for Literary Essay


For your conclusion, just make sure that you sum up your main points: It should, at
minimum, contain:
A re-statement of your claim/thesis
Your topic sentences

Example:
Thus, Ray Bradbury makes the theme of All Summer In A Day extremely clear to
readers. By characterizing Margot as an outcast, and then slowly showing how the
rocket children realized they were wrong, Bradbury reveals an important theme - that
people shouldnt judge others because they are different.