Sample Essay Paragraphs

Parts of the Formal Literary Essay:

Below you will find instructions about the various elements of each type of paragraph in a formal literary essay.  On the second page of each document, you will find a sample.

Introductory Paragraphs

Middle Paragraphs

Concluding Paragraphs

Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. It’s the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colours.

-Rhys Alexander