the legend of sleepy hallow by Washington Irving

A literary analysis essay dissects the means by which a literary text generates meaning(s) through significant relationships among parts of the text and its whole. In other words, a literary analysis considers how a literary text employs figurative language, various literary elements (irony, metaphor, metonymy, etc.), and other formal features to achieve significant effects that are not directly expressed or communicated. It is not a summary; it tries to explain how and why things are written the way they are rather than what is literally said. In such an analysis, students should identify specific literary elements, figurative language, thematic patterns, characterizations, narrative structures, and other formal features in the text in order explain how these relate to each other and what effect(s) they have in combination. Identifying relationships among parts that are ironic, ambiguous, conflicting, repetitive, or paradoxical is especially encouraged. Paragraphs should be organized around the illustration and explanation of these relationships, using quoted passages and phrases from the text. Relating the text to its historical, cultural, or literary context may also be a part of this analysis. The thesis of such an essay should state what one or more of these relationships are and explain how they relate to each other, enabling the analysis to say something insightful, counterintuitive, or complex about the text and how it is written that is not obvious to the reader. Example: “Langston Hughes’ poem ‘Theme for English B’ uses irony to suggest that writing is never the direct expression of an individual, but rather the expression of a social relationship that is racial, institutional, and class-based.” Composition should formatted in Times 12 font and double-spaced. 4-5 pp. or 1000-1250 words excluding citations/bibliography