How to Write an Analytical Essay
Three Parts: Prewriting for Your Essay Writing Your Essay Finalizing Your Essay Community Q&A
Writing an analytical essay can seem daunting, especially if you’ve never done it before. Don’t worry! Take a deep breath, buy yourself a caffeinated beverage, and follow these steps to create a well-crafted analytical essay.
Prewriting for Your Essay
- 1Understand the objective of an analytical essay. An analytical essay means you will need to present some type of argument, or claim, about what you are analyzing. Most often you will have to analyze another piece of writing or a film, but you could also be asked to analyze an issue, or an idea. To do this, you must break the topic down into parts and provide evidence, either from the text/film or from your own research, that supports your claim. 
- For example, “Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining uses a repeating motif of Native American culture and art to comment on America’s history of colonizing Native Americans’ lands” is an analytical thesis. It is analyzing a particular text and setting forth an argument about it in the form of a thesis statement.
- 2Decide what to write about. If you are writing this for a class, your teacher will generally assign you a topic (or topics) to write about. Read the prompt carefully. What is the prompt asking you to do? However, sometimes you will have to come up with your own topic.
- If you’re writing an analytical essay about a work of fiction, you could focus your argument on what motivates a specific character or group of characters. Or, you could argue why a certain line or paragraph is central to the work as a whole. For example: Explore the concept of vengeance in the epic poem Beowulf.
- If you’re writing about a historical event, try focusing on the forces that contributed to what happened.
- If you’re writing about scientific research or findings, follow the scientific method to analyze your results.
- 3Brainstorm. You may not immediately know what your thesis statement should be, even once you’ve chosen your topic. That’s okay! Doing some brainstorming can help you discover what you think about your topic. Consider it from as many angles as you can. 
- Look for repeated imagery, metaphors, phrases, or ideas. Things that repeat are often important. See if you can decipher why these things are so crucial. Do they repeat in the same way each time, or differently?
- How does the text work? If you’re writing a rhetorical analysis, for example, you might analyze how the author uses logical appeals to support her argument and decide whether you think the argument is effective. If you’re analyzing a creative work, consider things like imagery, visuals in a film, etc. If you’re analyzing research, you may want to consider the methods and results and analyze whether the experiment is a good design.
- A mind map can be helpful to some people. Start with your central topic, and arrange smaller ideas around it in bubbles. Connect the bubbles to identify patterns and how things are related. 
- Good brainstorming can be all over the place. In fact, that can be a good way to start off! Don’t discount any ideas just yet. Write down any element or fact that you think of as you examine your topic.
- 4Come up with a thesis statement . The thesis statement is a sentence or two that summarizes the claim you will make in your paper. It tells the reader what your essay will be about.
- This is an analytical thesis because it examines a text and makes a particular claim.
- The claim is “arguable,” meaning it’s not a statement of pure fact that nobody could contest. An analytical essay takes a side and makes an argument.
- Make sure your thesis is narrow enough to fit the scope of your assignment. “Revenge in Beowulf could be a PhD dissertation, it’s so broad. It’s probably much too big for a student essay. However, arguing that one character’s revenge is more honorable than another’s is manageable within a shorter student essay. 
- Unless instructed to write one, avoid the “three-prong” thesis that presents three points to be discussed later. These thesis statements usually limit your analysis too much and give your argument a formulaic feel. It’s okay to state generally what your argument will be.
- 5Find supporting evidence. Depending on your assignment, you may need to work only with your primary sources (the text or texts you’re analyzing) or with primary and secondary sources, such as other books or journal articles. The assignment should tell you what types of sources are required. Good evidence supports your claim and makes your argument more convincing. List out the supporting evidence, noting where you found it, and how it supports your claim.  
- Example of supporting evidence: To support a claim that the dragon’s vengeance was more righteous than Grendel’s mother’s, look at the passages in the poem that discuss the events leading up to each monster’s attack, the attacks themselves, as well as the reactions to those attacks.
- 6Make an outline. An outline will help structure your essay and make writing it easier. Be sure that you understand how long your essay needs to be. While some teachers are fine with the standard “5 paragraph essay” (introduction, 3 body paragraphs, conclusion), many teachers prefer essays to be longer and explore topics more in-depth. Structure your outline accordingly.
- If you’re not quite sure how all your evidence fits together, don’t worry! Making an outline can help you figure out how your argument should progress.
- You can also make a more informal outline that groups your ideas together in large groups. From there, you can decide what to talk about where.
- Your essay will be as long as it needs to be to adequately discuss your topic. A common mistake students make is to choose a large topic and then allow only 3 body paragraphs to discuss it. This makes essays feel shallow or rushed. Don’t be afraid to spend enough time discussing each detail!
Writing Your Essay
- 1Write your introduction. Your introduction should give your reader background information about your topic. Try to make your introduction engaging but not too overzealous. Avoid summarizing the prompt–it’s best to simply state your argument. Also avoid dramatic introductions (beginning an essay with a question or exclamation is generally best to avoid). In general, do not use the first (I) or second (you) person in your essay. State your thesis, generally as the last sentence in the first paragraph.
- Example introduction: Revenge was a legally recognized right in ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The many revenges in the epic poem Beowulf show that retribution was an essential part of the Anglo-Saxon age. However, not all revenges are created alike. The poet’s portrayal of these revenges suggests that the dragon was more honorable in his act of revenge than Grendel’s mother.
- This introduction gives your readers information they should know to understand your argument, and then presents an argument about the complexity of a general topic (revenge) in the poem. This type of argument can be interesting because it suggests that the reader needs to think about the text very carefully and not take it at face value.
- 2Write your body paragraphs. Each body paragraph should have 1) a topic sentence, 2) an analysis of some part of the text and 3) evidence from the text that supports your analysis and your thesis statement. A topic sentence tells the reader what the body paragraph will be about. The analysis of the text is where you make your argument. The evidence you provide supports your argument. Remember that each claim you make should support your thesis. 
- Example topic sentence: The key to differentiating between the two attacks is the notion of excessive retribution.
- Example analysis: Grendel’s mother does not simply want vengeance, as per the Medieval concept of ‘an eye for an eye.’ Instead, she wants to take a life for a life while also throwing Hrothgar’s kingdom into chaos.
- Example evidence: Instead of simply killing Aeschere, and thus enacting just revenge, she “quickly [snatches] up” that nobleman and, with him “tight in her clutches,” she leaves for the fen (1294). She does this to lure Beowulf away from Heorot so she can kill him as well.
- The formula “CEE” may help you remember: Claim-Evidence-Explanation. Whenever you present a claim, make sure you present evidence to support that claim and explain how the evidence relates to your claim.
- 3Know when to quote or paraphrase. Quoting means that you take the exact text and, placing it in quotation marks, insert it into your essay. Quoting is good when you use the precise wording of something to support your claim. Make sure that you use the correct form of quotation, depending on if you are using MLA, APA or Chicago style. Paraphrasing, on the other hand, is when you summarize the text. Paraphrasing can be used to give background or compress a lot of details into a short space. It can be good if you have a lot of information or would need to quote a huge portion of text to convey something. 
- Example of a quote: Instead of simply killing Aeschere, and thus enacting just revenge, she “quickly [snatches] up” that nobleman and, with him “tight in her clutches,” she leaves for the fen (1294).
- Example of a paraphrased sentence: The female Grendel enters Heorot, snatches up one of the men sleeping inside it, and runs away to the fen (1294).
- 4Write your conclusion. Your conclusion is where you remind your reader of how you supported your argument. Some teachers also want you to make a broader connection in your conclusion. This means that they want you to make a ‘bigger world connection’. This could mean stating how your argument affects other claims about the text, or how your claim could change the view of someone reading the text you analyzed.
- Example conclusion: The concept of an ‘eye for an eye’ was very present in the early Medieval world. However, by comparing the attacks of both Grendel’s mother and the dragon, the medieval world’s perception of righteous vengeance versus unjust revenge is made clear. While the dragon acts out in the only way he knows how, Grendel’s mother attacks with evil intent.
- Example conclusion with a ‘bigger world connection’: The concept of an ‘eye for an eye’ was very present in the early Medieval world. However, by comparing the attacks of both Grendel’s mother and the dragon, the medieval world’s perception of righteous vengeance versus unjust revenge is made clear. While the dragon acts out in the only way he knows how, Grendel’s mother attacks with evil intent. As we saw from the study of other characters, these portrayals may tie into an early Medieval perception that women had greater potential for evil.
Finalizing Your Essay
- 1Proofread your essay for spelling or grammar mistakes. A paper that contains many mistakes generally gets a lower grade than one that has been proofread and polished. Run a spell check, look for run-on sentences, and check for punctuation errors.
- Make sure to also format your essay correctly. For example, using a 12-pt standard font (like Arial or Times New Roman) and 1″ margins is standard.
- 2Read your paper out loud. Reading out loud helps you to find places in the essay that might sound awkward. This is also a great way to find run-on sentences that you might not have noticed before.
- 3Make sure that all characters, titles, places, etc. are spelled correctly. Teachers will often mark you down if the name of a main character is spelled incorrectly throughout your paper. Go back to the text or article and confirm that your spelling is correct.
- If you are analyzing a film, look up the list of characters online. Check two or three sources to make sure that you have the correct spelling.
- 4Read your paper as if you were your teacher. Do you get your point across clearly? Is the structure of your essay easy to understand? Does your paper explain why the topic matters?
- 5Ask someone else to read your paper. Is there anything they think you should add or remove? Do they understand the point you are trying to make?
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To write an analytical essay, first write an introduction that gives your reader background information and introduces your thesis. Then, write body paragraphs in support of your thesis that include a topic sentence, an analysis of some part of the text, and evidence from the text that supports your analysis. You can use direct quotes from the text that support your point of view or paraphrase if you’re trying to summarize information. Finally, complete your essay with a conclusion that reiterates your thesis and your primary support for it.
- Ask yourself “What am I trying to prove?” The answer should be in your thesis. If not, go back and fix it.
- If you are writing a formal analysis or critique, then avoid using colloquial writing . Though informal language may bring some color to a paper, you do not want to risk weakening your argument by influencing it with verbal slang.
- Avoid being too vague. Vagueness leaves room for misinterpretation and in a coherent, analytical essay, leaving room for misinterpretation decreases the effectiveness of your argument.
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Top 45 Analytical Essay Topics
The most popular 45 analytical essay topics are grouped by the subject to make the process of finding the best one for your essay as easy as possible.
What Is an Analytical Essay?
An analytical essay is a type of essay that analyzes, examines, and interprets things such as an event, a book, poem, play or other work of art. An analytical essay means you will need to present some type of argument, or claim, about what you are analyzing.
ANALYTICAL ESSAY EXAMPLE
Keep in mind that analytical essay is not a summary. Analytical essay outline is usually structured according to the five paragraph essay with an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
Top 45 Analytical Essay Topics
- Drug use in sports. Analyze the reasons why top-ranked sportsmen use drugs.
- Street art and graffiti. Why is it so popular nowadays?
- Multicultural societies. Define the notion of the multicultural society.
- Body size and modeling. How does body size influence the quality of one’s life?
- Changing gender roles. Do you believe in gender roles? Why are they changing?
- Single parent families. Does it affect child psychology?
- Differences in communication between men and women.
- Double-career families. Is it possible to balance career and family life?
- Multicultural families. Is it possible to avoid cultural dominance?
- Influence of music on the health condition. Does music really have a therapeutic effect?
- Analyze the main character of the book/poem. (e.g. Romeo)
- Analyze one of the key events in a book/poem. (e.g. Romeo drinking poison)
- Analyze cultural and historical context of the book.
- Analyze how the author’s background influenced his books/poems.
- Describe the mood of a literary work.
- Describe the way horror movies and TV-shows influence child psychology.
- Analyze in what way shows for children can be helpful/harmful?
- Look at a TV series that is based on true events.
- Evaluate a movie that is based on a novel.
- What makes a moving Christmas movie?
- Why do people have phobias?
- Why do people have different hair color?
- Why do people have different tastes in music, food, clothing etc.?
- Why some people appear to be homosexual?
- What makes some people introverts and other extroverts?
- Why do people begin smoking and drinking alcohol?
- What causes love?
- Why do teenagers so rebellious?
- Why do teenage girls idolize male celebrities?
- Why do first-born children tend to be achievers?
- Why do people use animal testing? Are there any ways to avoid it?
- Is it true that cats hate dogs?
- Why is nature so therapeutic?
- Why do ants and bees live in colonies?
- Why do pets good for kids?
- Can only people create music?
- Why are butterflies attracted to fire?
- Why are dogs so faithful?
- Why do cats love boxes?
- Are microbes useful or harmful for human beings?
- Describe the nature of the allergy. Why do some living beings have it while others don’t?
- Do parrots really speak?
- Why some breeds of animals succumb to training (dogs, bears) and others are not (hens, snakes)?
- Why is poaching so common? How can people stop it?
- Do trees and plants have a kind of consciousness?
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How to Write an Analytical Essay
How to Write an Analytical Essay
Great, you finished watching a movie or reading a book for university! Before you’re free to go on exploring the wonders of college life, the professor decides to give you some more work to do (what a nice guy). Get ready to face the challenge! He gives out the instructions and tells you to analyze the book/movie and provide an informative argument for any related topic of your choice. It has to link back to the book/movie, but contain your judgments as well. Have no idea how to write an analytical essay? Looks like you’ve come to the right place- grab guidelines and professional tips from the top academic writers! To solve your troubles with homework, order custom analytical papers online from the leading writing service . Ready to find out, “What is an analytical essay?” Go!
- Rhetorical Analysis Essay
- Literary Analysis Essay
- Process Analysis Essay
- Character Analysis Essay
- Poetry Analysis Essay
- Causal Analysis Essay
- Steps to Take Before Writing
- Creating A Thesis
What is An Analytical Essay?
What should an analytical essay do? The term “analytical essay” may sound foreign to you, but no worries, it is almost guaranteed that you have written one before! If we take a look at the official definition, the term analysis means a critical and well thought-out observation of a specific idea.
What is an analytical essay? An analytical essay is a piece of writing that provides an informative observation about the specific topic or idea. Imagine that your topic of choice is Marijuana. Writing an essay on the topic of marijuana is general, so focus on one of the related issues: from its origins in ancient times to its impact towards the war on drugs. The analytical essay asks you to take a small section of the entire topic, and use critical thinking to come up with some sort of argument, aka your thesis ! Write an evaluation based on both personal thoughts and credible sources.
Analytical Essay Topics And Ideas
There is an infinite number of different essay topics that can be analyzed. Think about any sort of fact or idea. Connections can be made from anything – we formulate ideas and use facts to support it! In the grand scheme of things, doing jobs like this is what brought humanity from hitting rocks together for warmth to sending humans to the moon. We can create more ideas and advance as a society.
How to choose the proper analytical essay topics? If you wish to learn how to write an analysis essay, you should consider the answers to this question:
- Look for the topic in the essay prompt. If it is absent, brainstorm with your friends. Put down all possible ideas related to the studied subject on a separate piece of paper;
- Search on the web for the information on the chosen topics;
- Analyze the quality of the discovered sources. Decide which topic can be covered better than others based on the amount of available information;
- Evaluate personal understanding of the subject. Pick the one that you know on the advanced level. Consult your teacher to ask whether the problem you wish to analyze is okay and suits the class;
- Pick the eye-catching, original title for your work.
That is how you select the topic if it is not specified. Let’s get into the various types of analysis!
Rhetorical Analysis Essay
It is an essay where you
prove or reprove a fact that already holds weight. Imagine you are proving a fact to somebody who either can’t comprehend it or is skeptical of its authenticity. This type of analysis is based on facts and logic. They tend to be in the fields of science and mathematics!
Examples of the rhetorical analysis ideas could be:
- Geometric Proofs
- Fundamental of Physics (Newton’s Law, Theory of Relativity,…)
- General Principle of Economics (Money makes Money)
Literary Analysis Essay
One of the most common types of analysis that college and high school students perform is a literary one. Be ready to face it at your literature class. After reading a specific short story or any piece of literature, provide an informative analysis of a certain situation, or critically analyze a quote and its impact on the plot. This type of writing is different from rhetorical. A rhetorical analysis is mostly based around logic and provable facts. A literary analysis usually goes deeper into things such as emotion and decision making of certain characters!
Examples could be:
- Effects of “Utopia-rescue” societies on people! Book: 1984 By George Orwell
- Loves an effect on human decision making. Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
- Conforming to societies norms: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee!
Process Analysis Essay
If we think about the definition, a process is a change from one state to another through several stages/levels. A common way to explain this change is through an essay format. This would require you to explain its purpose, as well as explaining the transformation through a series of paragraphs.
Examples of this can be:
- Amazon’s Logistics
- The Water Cycle
- The Cycle of Depression
- Sleep Cycle
Character Analysis Essay
Used within the context of some sort of story/tale, character analysis is similar to process analysis essay . Focus on the character of your choice. This type of essay requires you to explain and analyze the transformation of a character from the initial point until the end. Things that should be analyzed are: personality, character traits, mental reformation, role in society, etc. Explain the character’s development.
Examples of this paper can be:
- Transformation of Huck and Jim in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Will Hunting’s mental evolution in Good Will Hunting
- Viktor Navorksi in The Terminal
Poetry Analysis Essay
Poetry analysis requires the writer to research the poem’s content, structure and historical significance in an explanatory style. The goal is to make the reader understand the poems overall significance and its purpose.
Examples of this can be:
- Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken
- Edgar Allan Poe’s A Dream Within a Dream
- Emily Dickinson’s There is Another Sky
How to Write an Analytical Essay on a Poem?
It is the most popular type of analysis paper. That is why we decided to briefly explain how to write an analytical essay on a poem:
- Introduce the chosen piece of poem by summarizing it & providing descriptive details. Share a significant context. Come up with an impressive thesis to show an author’s point of view and your personal opinion towards the issue;
- Define the pattern. Insert examples from the analyzed work in the form of citations. Assess the opening part of the poem; evaluate the 2nd part of the poem step-by-step along with introducing evidence in the shape of quotations;
- Start your conclusion by paraphrasing the thesis statement. Stress how the poem meets the author’s intentions. Do not forget to conclude the ideas using the words of the analyzed author and personal opinions on his/her writing.
Causal Analysis Essay
If you have ever dealt with an annoying child asking “WHY” a million times in a row, you have dealt with this type of paper in real life. The causal essay requires you to answer a “why” question. A lot of the times, questions can’t be answered 100%. This is why the causal academic paper is also known as the speculating about causes essay, and it requires you to describe the process that occurs, following up with why you believe it occurred the way it did.
Examples can be:
- Why do we respond physically to fear?
- Why do teenagers rebel against their parents and authority?
- Why are random shootings & similar crimes becoming more common in the US and some other neighboring American countries?
These are just some of the most common types of analytical essays. The variation is practically endless, but they all must follow the same type of outline.
Steps To Take Before Writing
Unless essay writing comes to you naturally, preparation is key in writing that well-rounded and high-quality paper. So before you start typing up your masterpiece, 5 steps should be taken:
- Brainstorming and deciding on a topic (look for the details above);
- Crafting a Captivating Title (it should not repeat the topic);
- Creating a strong thesis;
- Finding supporting evidence from credible sources;
- Creating an outline.
Create A Strong Analytical Essay Thesis
The goal of the analytical essay is to prove a certain point that the writer is trying to make. From the information that has been gathered, the writer needs to link things together and create a certain decision.
This decision is called a thesis statement. It’s an argument created to prove an assumption created by the writer, using facts, statistics, examples, and research findings. For certain topics, it’s important to introduce the outside forces that contributed to the creation of your thesis. An example will help. Say, if you are talking about historical events, it’s important to introduce the external factors (books or manuscripts) that led to your analytical essay thesis. If we are talking about a scientific research, considering the scientific method is a necessity.
The thesis shouldn’t be a simple yes or no question with an answer. It should be a complex point that has many interconnected factors. The thesis should be controversial and require tons of research to come up with a respectable statement. Lastly, the thesis should be a high impact statement that strongly effects the topic of choice.
Find Supporting Evidence
Why do you need evidence? You won’t be able to sway anybody with your thesis statement unless it’s backed by something. This is why all good thesis statements need in-depth research, analysis, & some forecasts. It’s important to gather information that supports your argument from the primary sources:
- Books & e-Books
- Scholarly articles
Depending on the type of essay , it won’t necessarily be straightforward information.
If we are talking about a historical topic or some sort of scientific fact, then your supporting evidence will evidently be facts taken from previous findings. However, if you are writing a literary analysis essay, then most likely your evidence will be quotes from the story. This type of evidence requires analysis and assumptions in regards towards how the reader should interpret the line.
Create an Analytical Essay Outline
Organizing the structure of the essay is very important and makes the entire writing process easier. A number of paragraphs in the paper carries little to no importance. The experts recommend having up to 5 paragraphs. A paper outline will vary based on the topic of discussion and the thesis statement that is created. Regardless, the Intro-Body(s)-Conclusion style is a staple in any analytical essay outline.
Writing an Analytical Essay Introduction
The introduction starts out with some sort of background information. Using a hook statement can be effective.
A hook sentence is made of 1-2 sentences aimed to grab the reader’s attention from the opening lines of the paper. The choice of hook depends on the mood of the work. It could be a funny joke/anecdote, proven fact, shaking statistics, rhetorical question to provoke a debate, or a literary term like metaphor or similar. You can also add a quote of famous person.
There is no specific style for the introduction, but background information is the most common method of approach; provide information that is relevant to your thesis. This information should start out broad and narrow down in relevance towards the thesis.
We prepared a summary of the introduction below.
- Hook Statement/ Brief Introductory Point
- Background Info (Narrowed)
- Transition sentence
- Thesis Statement
Write Your Body Paragraphs
The main goal of the body paragraphs is to fully prove the thesis statement. Each individual paragraph should focus on a certain aspect of the thesis. For example, if the thesis is centered around the evolution of Will Hunting, then the body paragraphs should each hold their own point. One body paragraph focuses on his diminishing self-guilt, and a second could talk about the ever increasing support system and its impact on his mentality. The body paragraphs should maintain proper structure:
Topic Sentence: Introduce the main point of the body paragraph in one straightforward and effective sentence.
Analysis: Analyze your supporting evidence and explain how the evidence supports your thesis. This part should take 1 or 2 sentences and is arguably the most important part of the entire essay. The reader will see your understanding of the topic based on what you write within these 2 sentences. Make sure it’s creative and impactful, but also keep it original!
Evidence: No analysis is complete without supporting evidence. This is where you show how you handled the research. The analysis is created from the supporting evidence that you find, so they should always go hand in hand. Make sure that these 2 parts link together in a straightforward manner.
Concluding Sentence: After providing a well thought out analysis and adding in evidence, the paragraph should always add a concluding sentence. Restate to the reader your analysis and its significance to the point in hand.
After reading a single body paragraph, the viewer should have clearly understood the argument or point you were trying to prove. If he had some trouble painting himself a picture or understanding your logic, then one or more parts of your body paragraph may have some mistakes.
It’s important to mention that having numerous body paragraphs isn’t that important. Depending on the topic, each essay will vary based on the depth of the thesis. Quality over quantity goes a long way here.
How to Write a Conclusion for an Analytical Essay?
The conclusion plays a vital role in the sense that it ties up the entire essay.
Start out by restating your thesis statement. The significance of this is to clearly exemplify to your viewer that you have fully proven the thesis and to summarize the steps you took in order to do so. To end the entire essay, it’s necessary to create an overall concluding statement. This can be either what you have learned from writing the essay or what the audience should take away from your work. The structure should look like this:
- Rephrase the Thesis statement
- Summarize key points
- Overall Concluding Statement
That is how to write a conclusion for an analytical essay.
General Tips & Advice
After writing the entire essay, take a short break and then reread it from front to back. The chances are that you will find parts of the paper which are filled with mistakes or parts that need clarity. Regardless of what the issues are, make sure the essay has clarity before handing in completed work.
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Make sure the thesis fits your argument points
Your paper will be highly judged based on how well you proved your thesis. That’s why it’s important to edit your thesis based on the type of arguments you provided. If your explanations don’t perfectly suit the thesis statement you crafted, then adjust it accordingly.
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Essay Writing Advice From Our Professional Team
An analytical essay is not explained in many writing textbooks. In essay writing, an analysis is the fundamental element of synthesis essays, summary essays, reflective essays, and most types of college papers. Without knowing how to analyze articles or walk your reader through a process properly, you will not be able to produce lab reports or literature papers. In an essay like this, something to stress is that analysis requires you dig deep; you can not simply summarize. You need to go beyond the who, what, where, and when, and instead answer questions of how and why.
My personal advice is to begin with a set of questions: How is this written? Who is the audience? And Is it effectively written for that audience? After answering these, it will be much easier to answer how exactly the author wrote the piece and elaborate further on why the piece was written. While writing, make sure to annotate and take notes. Keep your eye on the author’s tone and diction. This skill is incredibly important and will follow you all through middle school, high school, college, and then into life itself.
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