Is it alright to have a very long character analysis?

I am writing a character analysis about Arnold Spirit Jr., who was the main character in ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ by Sherman Alexie. Since he is the main character, I have decided to write approximately body paragraphs explaining his themes and messages, his opinions and stylistic devices per chapter. Or should I write paragraphs with themes in messages in one para, and so on?

Is it alright to have a character analysis of approximately words for th Grade with more than body paragraphs?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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  • As a teacher, I’d rather see things clearly explained and to the point. Complexity is great, but repetition is not. In other words, a well written paragraph versus three plain ones is much better. The complexity of the character shall be explained in the entirety of a poem, not a novel. 🙂

  • It actually would show more writing talent and thought if you wrote a short but coherent essay than if you wrote an extremely long one. The point of most school papers isn’t to rewrite the book, but rather to show that you understood it and know what things are MOST important about it. Teachers want you to pick and choose what topics you cover in an essay because it shows that you can think critically. Anyway, I wrote a paper that was words (but I’m in college) and it only had paragraphs. Your + paragraphs would each have to be extremely short to fit into words. And yes, I’d say words is probably too many for a th grade paper. I don’t remember ever writing more than about – words in th grade.

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  • Write it as paragraphs with different points of view about Arnold rather than separate small ones. I believe words is more than enough. Good answer above

  • I believe the phrase you are looking for is “beating a dead horse.”

    You will only impress your teacher so far.

    She has to read this you know.

    Yours and about other ones.

    Keep it short and to the point. Show you know the character, but don’t make your analysis longer than the story.

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