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Outline

 

I. Intro

A. *(Optional) Attention-getter

B. Brief intro to the work (s): Include author, title, year, and the main idea of each piece

        This intro may be more than one paragraph, depending on how much info. you need to

give the reader in order for him/her to understand and appreciate your thesis.

C. Thesis statement: Specific, focused claim about the pieces of literature you are exploring:

__Both authors make a statement about the effects of loneliness on sanity____________________

 

II. Body

A. Topic sentence that identifies main point:

__Each uses setting to emphasize the isolation of the main character.________________________

1. Support (specific):

___Quotes from story that illustrate setting/isolation_____________________________________

2. Support (specific):

____Literary criticism re: setting/isolaton______________________________________________

B. Topic sentence that identifies main point:

__Each uses symbolism to emphasize the isolation of the main character.____________________

1. Support (specific):

___Quotes from story that illustrate symbolism/isolation_________________________________

2. Support (specific):

____Literary criticism re: symbolism/isolaton___________________________________________

C. Topic sentence:

__Each uses tone to further explore isolation and its effects on sanity._______________________

1. Support (specific):

___Quotes from story that illustrate tone/isolation______________________________________

2. Support (specific):

____Literary criticism re: tone/isolaton_______________________________________________

 

III. Conclusion

Offer the reader closure. Leave him/her thinking without introducing new ideas.

 

*You may have fewer or more main points than the spaces above account for. If you have more

main points, add them on the back. If fewer, simply leave the bottom spaces blank.

 

*If you have subpoints, treat the spaces labeled "Support" as spaces for your subtopic sentences.