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Useful Advice On How To Begin A Critical Analysis Essay

As you might already know, a critical analysis essay assignment involves a close critical reading of a text and presenting your evaluation of what the text’s author meant to say. We know that some author’s meanings will be lost forever, but it doesn’t mean that students of literature, history or any other discipline that delves into studying texts can’t provide a well-thought and academic argument towards what those meaning might have been.

Getting started on a critical analysis essay can be a challenge, so we’ve put together some useful advice on how to begin:

  1. Begin With a Detailed Outline
  2. It’s a lot easier to organize your writing assignment by first creating a detailed outline. Our advice is that you brainstorm your best ideas and group your evidence from the text in clusters. Use these clusters of information as you create your outline. Keep your reader in mind, always aware of how he or she will best understand your argument.

  3. Provide the Essential Information
  4. Unlike other kinds of writing assignments, a critical analysis essay needs to get straight to the point. This means you should provide the title of text you are working with and the author of the work. You may have a line or two hinting about what you will be writing about but this isn’t entirely necessary at this point.

  5. Give Some Background Details
  6. The next advice we have on how to begin a good critical analysis essay is to jump straight into important background information the reader should know about both the text and author. Don’t spend too much space writing this, so be choosy about what you consider is essential. Did the work go unpublished for years? Is the authorship in question? Put the text into some context.

  7. Finish Your Intro with a Thesis
  8. Like other kinds of writing assignments, you should end your introduction with a well-thought, succinct thesis statement. This should let the reader know what position you will be taking through the rest of your paper. Write clearly and concisely, and avoid complicated sentence structures at all times.

  9. On to Your Body Paragraphs
  10. After you’ve written your introduction you are ready to jump write into the meat of your paper. Review your outline and start with your first topic point. Remember that you shouldn’t put in any extraneous information but move directly to your supporting evidence and a statement or two explaining how the evidence works to prove your thesis.

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