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Focus on the text: literary analysis, textual analysis, close reading, symbolic language, structure, form, etc. Use the text!
Look for meaning: allegory, theme, deep reading, subtext, but always tie it back to the text.
Look outside the text: history, culture, social structures, biography, other texts/authors/literary traditions, secondary criticism, theory, philosophy, use as necessary and tie back to text.
Organize: Find the most effective method to order and present your arguments, transition sub-arguments to create a larger argument, introduce any background information first if needed to understand the argument, leave the reader thinking.