How to Write an Introductory Paragraph for a Literature Analysis 1. The first sentence of any literary analysis must contain the title of the work you are discussing and the authors’ name. 2. The first 1-3 sentences should include context of what is being discussed. (A brief statement, summary or overview of the important aspects of the characters and/or plot that you will be discussing in your essay.) In other words, tell the audience what they need to know about the story in order to understand your essay. Pretend the reader has never read the book you are discussing! 3. State, in three separate sentences, the three main ways in which you plan to prove and/or support your thesis. 4. The last sentence is your thesis statement. *NEVER use 1st person in an essay! *NEVER address the reader (don’t use ‘you’)!