This paper is a literary, music video or art analysis. Thus, you should choose an essay or story to interpret. This is not a summary of the work. You should assume that your reader has read the work and is familiar with the plot, but perhaps he/she doesn’t really understand it that well. You should take a stance on a particular issue in the essay, just one issue. Be sure to choose an issue that has at least two sides. This may be something that the class disagreed about or just a topic that you have thought of on your own.
Base your analysis of the work on your own opinion. You do not need research. So once you have chosen a topic, you will want to state the author and the title of the work and briefly explain in your thesis statement your own point of view. So you might say, for example, “Although some people may believe _____________, I believe that ______________.” Another idea for a way to begin would be to say, for example, On the surface this story seems to be about __________; however, a deeper look reveals that ___________. The idea is that there are at least two sides to this issue in the work. People could believe differently about it. While you may want to present the other side briefly, you will only argue your own point of view thereafter. After stating your thesis, you will want to prove that your opinion is valid. Thus, you will use evidence from the story to support your point of view. You will need to use quotes from the story or essay to support what you are saying. As always, you will probably want at least three elements of support, three separate sections that justify your argument.
Any interpretation is valid as long as you can establish it through your writing and you have quotes from the work to back it up.