When you get a close reading essay as a writing assignment, you might have mixed feelings.
If you’re a college student, you have definitely read tons of tips and recommendations on how to improve your essay writing skills, but the thing is that most of them used your writing as the starting point. Changing your reading habits is the first step to improving your writing skills!
Even if you are not really inspired by reading, you must know that on some subconscious level its content can influence your writing.
Or maybe the literary work, or some characters of it, have influenced you in some way? If you know a joke that you could fit in the introduction, do it.
If you have an important question that bothers you, ask it. Make sure you don’t mention only linguistics, grammatical and lexical means that the author uses.