How To Write A Critical Essay The Mr Sharpe Way! 1. Copy out the question, in full. “Chose a play which you have read in which there is an interesting unusual character etc” 2. Introduction: This is where the real work begins. There are four key things to have in an introduction: i. Name of text ii. Name of author iii. Genre of text iv. 3 sentence plot summary – what happens in the book? Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a mysterious play. It is set in Scotland many years ago. The hero, Macbeth, learns from witches that he is destined to become King. However, in order to fulfil this, he murders many of his closest friends. Eventually he is betrayed and beheaded by his enemy, Macduff. 3. Next is a linking sentence. This is where you explain what you are going to do. Use words from the question to show that you are providing an answer. I am going to demonstrate how John is an unusual and interesting character. I will do this by showing that he is naïve, optimistic and easily influenced by other”. 4. Body of essay: Pick the five most important characteristics of Cary. For each characteristic, you are going to follow the same pattern: P Point John is interesting to me because he is so optimistic: E Evidence “I’d rather hoped to stay here” E Explain John wants to stay on in this school and hopes to make a good impression on the Headmaster 5. Conclusion: You are nearly finished. All you need to do is wrap up your arguments into a neat finale! Do this by showing how you have answered the question and reminding your reader of the good points you have made. If you want to make a personal statement about the book, this is the best place. For example: Cooper’s Unman, Wittering and Zigo presents a range of main characters. I chose to explore the character of Nadia. I have shown that she is an interesting and unusual character because she is so modern in her views, she is independent and demanding and I admire how she dominates John.