The Literature essay goes about evaluating a student’s capability of addressing a question about selected texts related to an issue. Sometimes the student can choose their own texts and themes.
The reason for a Literature essay is for the writer to highlight their capability to analyse while also relating to certain texts. Quotations are used as examples when highlighting key issues. These should be appropriately enclosed in inverted commas and the source cited and referenced. Short quotes should be immersed in the text while longer quotes should be written on a separate line. Contemporary thoughts and writings should be considered when appraising selected texts.
Students often make the error of simply relating the contents of the text when, in fact, they should be some analysis taking place as well in order to get a good grade.
A literature essay has a formal structure with an introduction and a series of linked paragraphs ending in a conclusion that may outline proposed research topics for future study.