WritingTip: Literary Present Tense

WRITING TIP: When writing literary analysis, remember that we need to use the present tense. This is called the literary present tense.

Here is an example:

Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” is the story of an epic struggle between a fisherman and the fish marlin. The marlin refuses to be taken by the fisherman. The fisherman, on the other hand, refuses to let go of the marlin.

Using the past tense may make your readers think that the book is no longer available and extinct. Using the present tense, on the other hand, makes your readers know that the book is still present and available somewhere else.

With this tip in mind, happy writing! 🙂


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