Plot Analysis Essay Guide


Essay Writing Practice / Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Use the guide below to help you guide your rough draft.  THE ITALICIZED sentences are ones you can/should use (copy) into your essay.  You may write notes below to brain storm, then begin your rough draft on lined paper.

Introduction Paragraph: (3-5 sentences)

Thesis:  Rudyard Kipling’s story “Rikki Tikki Tavi” is a story about ___________________________

(pick either: survival, self-challenge, or the struggle of good vs. evil).

Examples can be found in Rikki’s actions during his many conflicts within the story. 

(List the three areas/conflicts of the story and their page # you will use to explain your thesis)

Rikki’s actions during keys points in the story show the reader that conflict that is necessary to (insert thesis area here:  survive/challenge one-self/win the battle against evil).

Paragraph 2 (4-6 sentences):  Topic A

Rudyard first introduces the idea of (Thesis topic) in the scene where Rikki (list the scene named as A above.  Continue to describe the aspects of this scene that relate to the topic you have chosen

Paragraph 3 (4-6 sentences):  Topic B

Another example of (Thesis topic) is the scene where Rikki (list the scene named as B above.

Continue to describe the aspects of this scene that relate to the topic you have chosen.

Paragraph 2 (4-6 sentences): Topic C

A final example of (Thesis topic) is the scene where Rikki (list the scene named as C above.

Continue to describe the aspects of this scene that relate to the topic you have chosen

Conclusion: Restatement of thesis and wrap-up (2-4 sentences)

The idea of (thesis topic) is easily seen in Rudyard Kipling’s story “Rikki Tikki Tavi.”  The many scenes including where Rikki  (List your three conflict areas), are just a few examples of this.  Kiplings story is definitely a story that (add your personal thought or feeling about the story WITHOUT using “I” to end your essay) 

TIPS for writing:

When writing your rough draft, remember to:

  • Skip every other line (or double space if typing)
  • Indent for every new paragraph
  • Skip an extra space between paragraphs
  • ALWAYS write in the THIRD PERSON
  • Read it back to yourself aloud to see if it makes sense
  • Keep your mind on your main idea (the thesis) and try not to drift
  • Watch your spelling (use spell check if typing)
  • Remember to focus on actions/plot/conflicts and not on character traits
  • Put Italics “ “ around any sentences you take directly from the text with the page number after it.  Example:  “It’s the hardest thing in the world to frighten a mongoose, because he is eaten up from nose to tail with curiosity.” (p. 17)