Writing the Analytical Essay by StDbHK


									Writing the Analytical
What does it mean to analyze?
   Analyze means “to separate a subject into its
    parts (analyze), or the act or result of doing
    so” (Kennedy, Kennedy, and Aaron 692).
   The process of analyzing involves breaking an
    object into its parts and examining those parts.
Analyzing for Essay Writing
   When analyzing a piece of writing, first
    examine your response to the elements of the
   Brainstorm your ideas about the work you are
   Create a working thesis (statement of
    purpose) about the piece you are analyzing.
Analyzing a Piece of Literature
   Whether your assignment is to analyze an
    essay, short story, or novel, there are certain
    steps you can follow in the process of
    analytical writing.
   Summarizing the original piece of writing will
    result in interpreting the work in your own
    original way.
Analyzing a Piece of Literature,
   Works of fiction are often complicated and
    open to interpretation. Likewise, articles and
    other types of nonfiction are often biased.
   In the process of analyzing a work of fiction
    or nonfiction, it is the writer’s job to find
    unsubstantiated claims or to search for hidden
    meaning and messages.
Analyzing a Work of Fiction
   If you are analyzing a short story or novel,
    look for the author’s use of symbolism. For
    example, colors often stand for broad ideas.
    Green can convey envy, money, or fertility.
   Also, look for allusions to historic or cultural
    events. Understanding and explaining such
    indirect references will help you get at the
    deeper meaning of the story.
Analyzing a
Work of Fiction, Continued
   In the process of analysis, consider the basic
    plot (your summary), the characters
    (protagonist, antagonist, and all others), and
    the setting of the story (time and location).
   Consider the point of view from which the
    story is related (first person, third person
    omniscient, or third person objective).
   Focus on an interesting or complex character
    or problem in the plot.
Analyzing a Work of Nonfiction
   Analyze the claim the author is making. What
    is the author’s main point? How does the
    author support that point? Is the support
    sufficient? Is that support valid?
   Base your thesis on how the components of
    the essay contributes to the overall
    effectiveness of the essay’s purpose
Other Criteria for Analysis:
   When analyzing a nonfiction essay, the rhetorical
    components of:
   * audience
   * purpose
   These provide a context for the paper, as well as:
   * essay structure: introduction, thesis (claim)
    evidence, paragraph organization and conclusion
Constructing Your Essay
   Like any type of essay, an analytical essay
    consists of an introductory paragraph ending
    with a thesis statement, supporting body
    paragraphs, and a strong concluding
   Make sure that all the supporting evidence in
    your body paragraphs directly support your
   An analytical essay involves a great deal of
    critical thinking on the part of the writer.
   The reward at the end of the process is an
    original creation, and a thorough
    understanding of what has been analyzed!

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