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advice for structuring english lit essays

does anybody have any advice on how to actually structure essays and stuff? when i'm writing them i know the content but i don't know what to begin with and what to finish with and what i should write and not etc
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Original post by abi.x111
does anybody have any advice on how to actually structure essays and stuff? when i'm writing them i know the content but i don't know what to begin with and what to finish with and what i should write and not etc

For me, it is more of a checklist :

1.

A great thesis statement (Mentions author, theme/character, text, critical verbs)

2.

Have a strong opening sentence for each paragraph, I sort my paragraphs into 6 as I do ACC, BB and Macbeth so I'll do Act 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and Structure Paragraph or for BB I split it up into the ages

3.

Critical Verbs everywhere.

4.

Explain your interpretations thoroughly, if you are struggling with that use Because, but, so

5.

Have an alternative opinion, just for a few points because you don't want to spend too much time on one section

6.

Double up your adjectives

7.

Tentative Language, perhaps will be your best friend

8.

Talk about the effect on the reader and why the author did this (link to context)

Not every quotation requires all of this or you'll run out of time but I'd also recommend short quotations and then going into depth on a few, depending on your writing speed.
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Original post by abi.x111
does anybody have any advice on how to actually structure essays and stuff? when i'm writing them i know the content but i don't know what to begin with and what to finish with and what i should write and not etc


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