Literary Essay Structure – Cause and Effect Pattern

Before digging into the question of cause and effect pattern, it’s important to understand the difference between reviewing and writing a literary essay itself. The first is about dwelling upon validity and an overall effect of a certain work, whereas the second is more about details paying some undivided attention to structure, characters, message, theme, language, style, subtext, cultural impact, etc.

Looking to come up with a truly nice literary essay? Never mix it up with simple reviewing, as although your teacher could even deign to gift you a C, she might also give you an F and be 100% right about such decision. Once again – literary essay is a much more complex paper than a review, which is seldom used in academia activities. Now, let’s see how we can apply cause and effect pattern to our literary opus.

Dowels in the cradle of cause and effect essay pattern

To cut a long story short, this type of essay aims to analyze causes that lead to a certain event happening. Sounds simple, right? But when you sit down to writing, things stop seeming so bright and vivid as before.

The problem is, you have to get into the original writer’s head and connect the dots as to why and what for he wrote a particular book or poem, or article, or research. The more captivating and unexpected aspects you manage to exhume, the better. In nine cases out of ten, a basic welding of universal truths on the piece under revision is sufficient enough, when it comes to essay writing.

Yet, don’t get complacent, as lecturers still expect original ideas on your behalf. All in all, there are 3 cause and effect patterns you can apply in your essay.

  • Multiple causes that lead to a certain consequence
  • One cause that let to multiple consequences
  •  Domino effect where multiple causes lead to multiple consequences in a one-after-another chain

Note that in terms of a literary essay there should be 3-5 major points, not more. Each cause-effect case must be supplied with your own speculations and relevant examples to support a point of view.

When writing your essay, use such words and phrases as: hence, thus, so, since, as, because, the reason why, there are other reasons why, consequently, subsequently, etc. They’ll serve as a glue sticking your paragraphs into one consistent written work.

Using the pattern in your literary essay

As a rule, you don’t have to concentrate on a literary piece itself, you can also focus on the writer’s person behind it. For example, Joanne Rowling wrote Harry Potter series of books, because she was a single mom on the brink of poorness, and writing was the only way out to provide for her little child after a tiresome divorce with a husband. Being in the state of depression and constantly finding herself in a strong suicidal emotional trap, Joanne had managed to finish off the first book, which was a complete success. Isn’t it a stunning (and fresh) topic for your literary essay?

Just like that, you can choose a work of literature that picks your interest and tell readers (your teacher, namely) the story behind its creation. Do it, and you’ll smash two sand castles with one kick – deliver a breath-taking story and complete an assignment, which is a straight A. Plus, you’ll have fun in the process, which is a half of a great job done.