English Literature: PEAL Literary Analysis System

PEAL: The process. Example Question: In this soliloquy, what is Shakespeare trying reveal about Iago? Example Thesis: Shakespeare is trying to demonstrate that Iago is arrogant A statement that provides direct support (reasoning) for the essay thesis. (Like a sub-thesis)  EG: In this soliloquy, Shakespeare reveals that Iago sees himself as intellectually superior to…

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Essay Writing IV: Developing Analysis.

Evidence alone does not make an argument for you. Imagine this for a moment. You meet your friend and the conversation goes as follows: You: “Hello Stan, how’s life?” Friend: “Hi, life is fine, but my mother won’t let me study Art in university!” You: “Oh really? But maybe she just wants to be sure…

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Essay Writing II: The Basics of Evidence.

In university the biggest challenge of any project, be it an essay, research paper, or a presentation is locating and using suitable evidence to support the arguments or claims you want to, or are making. The process of finding, evaluating and using evidence can be confusing and scary for many students. What is evidence? “Evidence…

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Essay Writing I: The Basics of an Essay

Essays are an important part of formal education in countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States of America. They are useful tools for educational institutes to assess student understanding of a topic or idea. What is an essay? An essay is a logical and well organized piece of writing that presents and…

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