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Do you need to write an analytical essay for school? What sets this kind of essay apart from other types, and what must you include when you write your own analytical essay? In this guide, we break down the process of writing an analytical essay by explaining the key factors your essay needs to have, providing you with an outline to help you structure your essay, and analyzing a complete analytical essay example so you can see what a finished essay looks like.
What Is an Analytical Essay?
Before you begin writing an analytical essay, you must know what this type of essay is and what it includes. Analytical essays analyze something, often (but not always) a piece of writing or a film.
An analytical essay is more than just a synopsis of the issue though; in this type of essay you need to go beyond surface-level analysis and look at what the key arguments/points of this issue are and why. If you’re writing an analytical essay about a piece of writing, you’ll look into how the text was written and why the author chose to write it that way. Instead of summarizing, an analytical essay typically takes a narrower focus and looks at areas such as major themes in the work, how the author constructed and supported their argument, how the essay used literary devices to enhance its messages, etc.
While you certainly want people to agree with what you’ve written, unlike with persuasive and argumentative essays, your main purpose when writing an analytical essay isn’t to try to convert readers to your side of the issue. Therefore, you won’t be using strong persuasive language like you would in those essay types. Rather, your goal is to have enough analysis and examples that the strength of your argument is clear to readers.
Besides typical essay components like an introduction and conclusion, a good analytical essay will include:
- A thesis that states your main argument
- Analysis that relates back to your thesis and supports it
- Examples to support your analysis and allow a more in-depth look at the issue
In the rest of this article, we’ll explain how to include each of these in your analytical essay.
How to Structure Your Analytical Essay
Analytical essays are structured similarly to many other essays you’ve written, with an introduction (including a thesis), several body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Below is an outline you can follow when structuring your essay, and in the next section we go into more detail on how to write an analytical essay.
Your introduction will begin with some sort of attention-grabbing sentence to get your audience interested, then you’ll give a few sentences setting up the topic so that readers have some context, and you’ll end with your thesis statement. Your introduction will include:
- Brief background information explaining the issue/text
- Your thesis
Your analytical essay will typically have three or four body paragraphs, each covering a different point of analysis. Begin each body paragraph with a sentence that sets up the main point you’ll be discussing. Then you’ll give some analysis on that point, backing it up with evidence to support your claim. Continue analyzing and giving evidence for your analysis until you’re out of strong points for the topic. At the end of each body paragraph, you may choose to have a transition sentence that sets up what the next paragraph will be about, but this isn’t required. Body paragraphs will include:
- Introductory sentence explaining what you’ll cover in the paragraph (sort of like a mini-thesis)
- Analysis point
- Evidence (either passages from the text or data/facts) that supports the analysis
- (Repeat analysis and evidence until you run out of examples)
You won’t be making any new points in your conclusion; at this point you’re just reiterating key points you’ve already made and wrapping things up. Begin by rephrasing your thesis and summarizing the main points you made in the essay. Someone who reads just your conclusion should be able to come away with a basic idea of what your essay was about and how it was structured. After this, you may choose to make some final concluding thoughts, potentially by connecting your essay topic to larger issues to show why it’s important. A conclusion will include:
- Paraphrase of thesis
- Summary of key points of analysis
- Final concluding thought(s)
5 Steps for Writing an Analytical Essay
Follow these five tips to break down writing an analytical essay into manageable steps. By the end, you’ll have a fully-crafted analytical essay with both in-depth analysis and enough evidence to support your argument. All of these steps use the completed analytical essay in the next section as an example.
#1: Pick a Topic
You may have already had a topic assigned to you, and if that’s the case, you can skip this step. However, if you haven’t, or if the topic you’ve been assigned is broad enough that you still need to narrow it down, then you’ll need to decide on a topic for yourself. Choosing the right topic can mean the difference between an analytical essay that’s easy to research (and gets you a good grade) and one that takes hours just to find a few decent points to analyze
Before you decide on an analytical essay topic, do a bit of research to make sure you have enough examples to support your analysis. If you choose a topic that’s too narrow, you’ll struggle to find enough to write about.
For example, say your teacher assigns you to write an analytical essay about the theme in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath of exposing injustices against migrants. For it to be an analytical essay, you can’t just recount the injustices characters in the book faced; that’s only a summary and doesn’t include analysis. You need to choose a topic that allows you to analyze the theme. One of the best ways to explore a theme is to analyze how the author made his/her argument. One example here is that Steinbeck used literary devices in the intercalary chapters (short chapters that didn’t relate to the plot or contain the main characters of the book) to show what life was like for migrants as a whole during the Dust Bowl.
You could write about how Steinbeck used literary devices throughout the whole book, but, in the essay below, I chose to just focus on the intercalary chapters since they gave me enough examples. Having a narrower focus will nearly always result in a tighter and more convincing essay (and can make compiling examples less overwhelming).
#2: Write a Thesis Statement
Your thesis statement is the most important sentence of your essay; a reader should be able to read just your thesis and understand what the entire essay is about and what you’ll be analyzing. When you begin writing, remember that each sentence in your analytical essay should relate back to your thesis
In the analytical essay example below, the thesis is the final sentence of the first paragraph (the traditional spot for it). The thesis is: “In The Grapes of Wrath’s intercalary chapters, John Steinbeck employs a variety of literary devices and stylistic choices to better expose the injustices committed against migrants in the 1930s.” So what will this essay analyze? How Steinbeck used literary devices in the intercalary chapters to show how rough migrants could have it. Crystal clear.
#3: Do Research to Find Your Main Points
This is where you determine the bulk of your analysis--the information that makes your essay an analytical essay. My preferred method is to list every idea that I can think of, then research each of those and use the three or four strongest ones for your essay. Weaker points may be those that don’t relate back to the thesis, that you don’t have much analysis to discuss, or that you can’t find good examples for. A good rule of thumb is to have one body paragraph per main point
This essay has four main points, each of which analyzes a different literary device Steinbeck uses to better illustrate how difficult life was for migrants during the Dust Bowl. The four literary devices and their impact on the book are:
- Lack of individual names in intercalary chapters to illustrate the scope of the problem
- Parallels to the Bible to induce sympathy for the migrants
- Non-showy, often grammatically-incorrect language so the migrants are more realistic and relatable to readers
- Nature-related metaphors to affect the mood of the writing and reflect the plight of the migrants
#4: Find Excerpts or Evidence to Support Your Analysis
Now that you have your main points, you need to back them up. If you’re writing a paper about a text or film, use passages/clips from it as your main source of evidence. If you’re writing about something else, your evidence can come from a variety of sources, such as surveys, experiments, quotes from knowledgeable sources etc. Any evidence that would work for a regular research paper works here.
In this example, I quoted multiple passages from The Grapes of Wrath in each paragraph to support my argument. You should be able to back up every claim you make with evidence in order to have a strong essay.
#5: Put It All Together
Now it's time to begin writing your essay, if you haven’t already. Create an introductory paragraph that ends with the thesis, make a body paragraph for each of your main points, including both analysis and evidence to back up your claims, and wrap it all up with a conclusion that recaps your thesis and main points and potentially explains the big picture importance of the topic.
Analytical Essay Example + Analysis
So that you can see for yourself what a completed analytical essay looks like, here’s an essay I wrote back in my high school days. It’s followed by analysis of how I structured my essay, what its strengths are, and how it could be improved.
One way Steinbeck illustrates the connections all migrant people possessed and the struggles they faced is by refraining from using specific titles and names in his intercalary chapters. While The Grapes of Wrath focuses on the Joad family, the intercalary chapters show that all migrants share the same struggles and triumphs as the Joads. No individual names are used in these chapters; instead the people are referred to as part of a group. Steinbeck writes, “Frantic men pounded on the doors of the doctors; and the doctors were busy. And sad men left word at country stores for the coroner to send a car,” (555). By using generic terms, Steinbeck shows how the migrants are all linked because they have gone through the same experiences. The grievances committed against one family were committed against thousands of other families; the abuse extends far beyond what the Joads experienced. The Grapes of Wrath frequently refers to the importance of coming together; how, when people connect with others their power and influence multiplies immensely. Throughout the novel, the goal of the migrants, the key to their triumph, has been to unite. While their plans are repeatedly frustrated by the government and police, Steinbeck’s intercalary chapters provide a way for the migrants to relate to one another because they have encountered the same experiences. Hundreds of thousands of migrants fled to the promised land of California, but Steinbeck was aware that numbers alone were impersonal and lacked the passion he desired to spread. Steinbeck created the intercalary chapters to show the massive numbers of people suffering, and he created the Joad family to evoke compassion from readers. Because readers come to sympathize with the Joads, they become more sensitive to the struggles of migrants in general. However, John Steinbeck frequently made clear that the Joads were not an isolated incident; they were not unique. Their struggles and triumphs were part of something greater. Refraining from specific names in his intercalary chapters allows Steinbeck to show the vastness of the atrocities committed against migrants.
Steinbeck also creates significant parallels to the Bible in his intercalary chapters in order to enhance his writing and characters. By using simple sentences and stylized writing, Steinbeck evokes Biblical passages. The migrants despair, “No work till spring. No work,” (556). Short, direct sentences help to better convey the desperateness of the migrants’ situation. Throughout his novel, John Steinbeck makes connections to the Bible through his characters and storyline. Jim Casy’s allusions to Christ and the cycle of drought and flooding are clear biblical references. By choosing to relate The Grapes of Wrath to the Bible, Steinbeck’s characters become greater than themselves. Starving migrants become more than destitute vagrants; they are now the chosen people escaping to the promised land. When a forgotten man dies alone and unnoticed, it becomes a tragedy. Steinbeck writes, “If [the migrants] were shot at, they did not run, but splashed sullenly away; and if they were hit, they sank tiredly in the mud,” (556). Injustices committed against the migrants become greater because they are seen as children of God through Steinbeck’s choice of language. Referencing the Bible strengthens Steinbeck’s novel and purpose: to create understanding for the dispossessed. It is easy for people to feel disdain for shabby vagabonds, but connecting them to such a fundamental aspect of Christianity induces sympathy from readers who might have otherwise disregarded the migrants as so many other people did.
The simple, uneducated dialogue Steinbeck employs also helps to create a more honest and meaningful representation of the migrants, and it makes the migrants more relatable to readers. Steinbeck chooses to accurately represent the language of the migrants in order to more clearly illustrate their lives and make them seem more like real paper than just characters in a book. The migrants lament, “They ain’t gonna be no kinda work for three months,” (555). There are multiple grammatical errors in that single sentence, but it vividly conveys the despair the migrants felt better than a technically perfect sentence would. The Grapes of Wrath is intended to show the severe difficulties facing the migrants so Steinbeck employs a clear, pragmatic style of writing. Steinbeck shows the harsh, truthful realities of the migrants’ lives and he would be hypocritical if he chose to give the migrants a more refined voice and not portray them with all their shortcomings. The depiction of the migrants as imperfect through their language also makes them easier to relate to. Steinbeck’s primary audience was the middle class, the less affluent of society. Repeatedly in The Grapes of Wrath , the wealthy make it obvious that they scorn the plight of the migrants. The wealthy, not bad luck or natural disasters, were the prominent cause of the suffering of migrant families such as the Joads. Thus, Steinbeck turns to the less prosperous for support in his novel. When referring to the superior living conditions barnyard animals have, the migrants remark, “Them’s horses-we’re men,” (556). The perfect simplicity of this quote expresses the absurdness of the migrants’ situation better than any flowery expression could.
In The Grapes of Wrath , John Steinbeck uses metaphors, particularly about nature, in order to illustrate the mood and the overall plight of migrants. Throughout most of the book, the land is described as dusty, barren, and dead. Towards the end, however; floods come and the landscape begins to change. At the end of chapter twenty-nine, Steinbeck describes a hill after the floods saying, “Tiny points of grass came through the earth, and in a few days the hills were pale green with the beginning year,” (556). This description offers a stark contrast from the earlier passages which were filled with despair and destruction. Steinbeck’s tone from the beginning of the chapter changes drastically. Early in the chapter, Steinbeck had used heavy imagery in order to convey the destruction caused by the rain, “The streams and the little rivers edged up to the bank sides and worked at willows and tree roots, bent the willows deep in the current, cut out the roots of cottonwoods and brought down the trees,” (553). However, at the end of the chapter the rain has caused new life to grow in California. The new grass becomes a metaphor representing hope. When the migrants are at a loss over how they will survive the winter, the grass offers reassurance. The story of the migrants in the intercalary chapters parallels that of the Joads. At the end of the novel, the family is breaking apart and has been forced to flee their home. However, both the book and final intercalary chapter end on a hopeful note after so much suffering has occurred. The grass metaphor strengthens Steinbeck’s message because it offers a tangible example of hope. Through his language Steinbeck’s themes become apparent at the end of the novel. Steinbeck affirms that persistence, even when problems appear insurmountable, leads to success. These metaphors help to strengthen Steinbeck’s themes in The Grapes of Wrath because they provide a more memorable way to recall important messages.
John Steinbeck’s language choices help to intensify his writing in his intercalary chapters and allow him to more clearly show how difficult life for migrants could be. Refraining from using specific names and terms allows Steinbeck to show that many thousands of migrants suffered through the same wrongs. Imitating the style of the Bible strengthens Steinbeck’s characters and connects them to the Bible, perhaps the most famous book in history. When Steinbeck writes in the imperfect dialogue of the migrants, he creates a more accurate portrayal and makes the migrants easier to relate to for a less affluent audience. Metaphors, particularly relating to nature, strengthen the themes in The Grapes of Wrath by enhancing the mood Steinbeck wants readers to feel at different points in the book. Overall, the intercalary chapters that Steinbeck includes improve his novel by making it more memorable and reinforcing the themes Steinbeck embraces throughout the novel. Exemplary stylistic devices further persuade readers of John Steinbeck’s personal beliefs. Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath to bring to light cruelties against migrants, and by using literary devices effectively, he continuously reminds readers of his purpose. Steinbeck’s impressive language choices in his intercalary chapters advance the entire novel and help to create a classic work of literature that people still are able to relate to today.
This essay sticks pretty closely to the standard analytical essay outline. It starts with an introduction, where I chose to use a quote to start off the essay. (This became my favorite way to start essays in high school because, if I wasn’t sure what to say, I could outsource the work and find a quote that related to what I’d be writing about.) The quote in this essay doesn’t relate to the themes I’m discussing quite as much as it could, but it’s still a slightly different way to start an essay and can intrigue readers. I then give a bit of background on The Grapes of Wrath and its themes before ending the intro paragraph with my thesis: that Steinbeck used literary devices in intercalary chapters to show how rough migrants had it.
Each of my four body paragraphs is formatted in roughly the same way: an intro sentence that explains what I’ll be discussing, analysis of that main point, and at least two quotes from the book as evidence.
My conclusion restates my thesis, summarizes each of four points I discussed in my body paragraphs, and ends the essay by briefly discussing how Steinbeck’s writing helped introduce a world of readers to the injustices migrants experienced during the dust bowl.
What does this analytical essay example do well? For starters, it contains everything that a strong analytical essay should, and it makes that easy to find. The thesis clearly lays out what the essay will be about, the first sentence of each of the body paragraph introduces the topic it’ll cover, and the conclusion neatly recaps all the main points. Within each of the body paragraphs, there’s analysis along with multiple excerpts from the book in order to add legitimacy to my points.
Additionally, the essay does a good job of taking an in-depth look at the issue introduced in the thesis. Four ways Steinbeck used literary devices are discussed, and for each of the examples are given and analysis is provided so readers can understand why Steinbeck included those devices and how they helped shaped how readers viewed migrants and their plight.
Where could this essay be improved? I believe the weakest body paragraph is the third one, the one that discusses how Steinbeck used plain, grammatically incorrect language to both accurately depict the migrants and make them more relatable to readers. The paragraph tries to touch on both of those reasons and ends up being somewhat unfocused as a result. It would have been better for it to focus on just one of those reasons (likely how it made the migrants more relatable) in order to be clearer and more effective. It’s a good example of how adding more ideas to an essay often doesn’t make it better if they don’t work with the rest of what you’re writing. This essay also could explain the excerpts that are included more and how they relate to the points being made. Sometimes they’re just dropped in the essay with the expectation that the readers will make the connection between the example and the analysis. This is perhaps especially true in the second body paragraph, the one that discusses similarities to Biblical passages. Additional analysis of the quotes would have strengthened it.
Summary: How to Write an Analytical Essay
What is an analytical essay? A critical analytical essay analyzes a topic, often a text or film. The analysis paper uses evidence to support the argument, such as excerpts from the piece of writing. All analytical papers include a thesis, analysis of the topic, and evidence to support that analysis.
When developing an analytical essay outline and writing your essay, follow these five steps:
Reading analytical essay examples can also give you a better sense of how to structure your essay and what to include in it.
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How to Write an Analytical Essay in 6 Steps
An analytical essay is an essay that meticulously and methodically examines a single topic to draw conclusions or prove theories. Although they are used in many fields, analytical essays are often used with art and literature to break down works’ creative themes and explore their deeper meanings and symbolism .
Analytical essays are a staple in academics, so if you’re a student, chances are you’ll write one sooner or later. This guide addresses all the major concerns about how to write an analytical essay, such as the preferred structure and what to put in the outline. Let’s start with an in-depth answer to the question, what is an analytical essay? Give your writing extra polish Grammarly helps you communicate confidently Write with Grammarly
What is an analytical essay?
One of the seven main types of essay , analytical essays intricately examine a single topic to explain specific arguments or prove the author’s theories. They commonly deal with creative works like art, literature, film, or music, dissecting the creator’s artistic themes and revealing hidden meanings. However, they can also address other issues in realms like science, politics, and society.
Analytical essays are a type of expository essay , so they’re not supposed to express bias, opinions , or persuasions . Even when the author is trying to prove their own theory (or disprove an opposing theory), their argument should stick solely to facts and logic and keep the author’s personal feelings to a minimum.
An analytical essay example could be a deep dive into the character of Hamlet, but this topic itself could have multiple interpretations. Your essay could focus on whether or not Hamlet truly loved Ophelia, question the motives for his constant hesitation, or even attempt to prove the theory that he was mentally ill—after all, he did see apparitions!
How to structure an analytical essay
Although analytical essays tend to be more detailed, specific, or technical than other essays, they still follow the same loose essay structure as the rest:
The introduction is where you present your thesis statement and prepare your reader for what follows. Because analytical essays focus on a single topic, the introduction should give all the background information and context necessary for the reader to understand the writer’s argument. Save the actual analysis of your topic for the body.
The body is the nucleus of your essay. Here you explain each separate point and offer evidence to support the thesis, breaking up your argument into paragraphs. While the introduction and conclusion are each usually just a single paragraph, the body is composed of many different paragraphs and often stretches out over pages, thereby making up most of the essay.
Every paragraph in the body still relates to your chosen topic and your thesis, but each paragraph should make a different point or focus on a different piece of evidence. For example, if your topic is about how Edgar Allan Poe uses the theme of death in his writing, one paragraph could explore the use of death in “The Tell-Tale Heart,” while a different paragraph could explore death in “The Raven,” and so on.
Finally, the conclusion wraps everything up. Conclusions usually don’t introduce new evidence or supporting details but instead reiterate the previous points and bring them all together to strengthen your original thesis. At this point your reader has sufficient background to understand the topic. With your evidential examples in mind, they’ll be more receptive to your main argument when you present it one last time.
How to write an analytical essay in 6 steps
The process of writing an analytical essay largely follows the same guidelines as all essay writing . Here we break down each individual step from start to finish.
1 Choose your topic
This step may be optional if your topic has been given to you as an assignment. If not, though, you should choose your topic with care.
Your topic should be specific enough that you’re able to discuss it thoroughly. If you choose a broad topic like “love in novels from Victorian England,” it’s unlikely you’ll be able to cover all Victorian novels in a single analytical essay (or even ten analytical essays!). However, narrowing the topic down to something such as “love in Jane Austen novels” makes your task more achievable.
That said, don’t be too specific, or you won’t have enough material to cover. Try to find a good middle ground: specific enough that you can discuss everything but general enough that you’ll be able to find enough research and supporting evidence.
2 Research your topic
Once you know your topic, you can begin collecting data and evidence to discuss it. If your analytical essay is about a creative work, you may want to spend time reviewing or evaluating that work, such as watching a film closely or studying the details of a painting. It’s also useful to review other people’s critiques of that work to inspire new ideas or reveal details you hadn’t noticed before.
Don’t forget to write down where you get your information, including page numbers for books or time codes if you’re watching visual media. You may need to reference these in your essay, so making a quick note about where you find your information while researching saves time later when you’re citing your sources .
It helps to know your thesis from the onset. However, you may realize during your research that your original thesis is not as strong as you thought. If this happens, don’t be afraid to modify it or choose a new one. In any case, by the time your research is finished, you should know what your thesis will be.
3 Create an outline
An essay outline gives you the opportunity to organize all your thoughts and research so you can put them in the optimal order. Ideally, you’ll have finished your research by now and made notes of everything you want to say in your analytical essay. The outline is your chance to decide when to talk about each point.
Outlines are typically broken up by paragraph. Each paragraph should explore an individual point you’re making and include your evidence or statistical data to back up that particular point. Be careful about trying to squeeze too much information into a single paragraph; if it looks excessive, try to break up the information into two or more paragraphs.
Feel free to move around or rearrange the order of paragraphs while outlining—that’s what this step is for! It’s much easier to fix structural problems now in the outline phase than later when writing.
4 Write your first draft
Now is the time you sit down and actually write the rough draft of your analytical essay. This step is by far the longest, so be sure to set aside ample time.
If you wrote your outline thoroughly, all you have to do is follow it paragraph by paragraph. Be sure to include each piece of evidence and data you had planned to include. Don’t worry about details like choosing the perfect wording or fixing every grammar mistake—you can do those later in the revisions phase. For now, focus solely on getting everything down.
Pay particular attention to how you start an essay. The introduction serves different purposes, such as telling the reader what to expect, providing background information, and above all presenting your thesis statement. Make sure your introduction checks all those boxes.
Likewise, be extra careful with your conclusion. There are special techniques for how to write a conclusion, such as using a powerful clincher and avoiding certain cliches like “in summary.” Conclusions usually hold more weight than the other paragraphs because they’re the last thing a person reads and can leave a lasting impression on them.
Finally, don’t forget to include transition sentences in between your body paragraphs when needed. Moving abruptly from one topic to the next can be jarring for the reader; transition sentences improve the essay’s flow and remove distractions.
5 Revise your draft
Your first draft is never meant to be perfect. Once you have all your ideas down on paper, it’s much easier to go back and revise . Now is the perfect time to improve your phrasing and word choice and edit out any unnecessary or tangential parts.
When you revise, pay particular attention to details. Try to find areas that you can remove to make your essay more succinct or passages that aren’t clear that need more explanation. Put yourself in the reader’s shoes: Will someone with no background knowledge still understand your points?
6 Proofread your essay
Last, it’s time to fix any grammar and spelling mistakes by proofreading . While it’s tempting to do this at the same time as your revisions, it’s best to do them separately so you don’t split your attention. This allows you to focus only on word choice, phrasing, and adding/removing content while revising and to concentrate solely on language mistakes during proofreading.
If you’re not confident in your grammar or spelling expertise, you can always use an app like Grammarly . Our app highlights any spelling or grammar mistakes directly in your text and gives proper suggestions on how to fix them. There are even features that help you choose the perfect word or adjust your writing to fit a certain tone. You can also copy and paste your writing to check your grammar and get instant feedback on grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other mistakes you might have missed.
Analytical essay outline example
If you’re having trouble, here’s an analytical essay example that shows how a proper outline or structure should look. The format here uses a five-paragraph essay structure, but for more complicated topics, you can add as many body paragraphs as you need.
Topic: Who is the real villain: Macbeth or Lady Macbeth?
- Briefly describe the plot of Macbeth for those who aren’t familiar with it
- Thesis statement : Lady Macbeth is the real villain of Macbeth because she manipulates her husband into committing an atrocious crime
Body Paragraph 1
- Murdering the king is all Lady Macbeth’s idea
- Macbeth is initially against it until Lady Macbeth convinces him
Body Paragraph 2
- Lady Macbeth has her own individual character arc where she is driven mad by her guilt
- Her guilt insinuates she knows her actions are villainous, with appropriate consequences
- Cite quotations from her “Out, damned spot!” speech
Body Paragraph 3
- Macbeth decides to listen to Lady Macbeth, so he is still guilty
- Speculate that he still would not have murdered the king if not for Lady Macbeth
- Macbeth remains the main character because most scenes revolve around him, but the person acting against him most is Lady Macbeth
- Remind reader that Macbeth didn’t want to murder the king until Lady Macbeth convinced him
- Clincher : Macbeth is still the hero albeit a tragic one. But his main antagonist is not Macduff or the king or even the prophecy itself; it’s his wife.
Analytical essay FAQs
An analytical essay is an essay that deeply examines a single topic, often a creative work, to reveal certain conclusions or prove theories held by the essay’s author.
How is an analytical essay structured?
Analytical essays are structured like most other essays: an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. However, the body paragraphs have a stricter emphasis on facts, logic, and empirical evidence compared to other essays.
What are the steps to writing an analytical essay?
As with all essays, you first research and then organize all your points into a working outline. Next, you write the rough draft with all the data and evidence collected during your research. Revise the rough draft when it’s finished to improve the phrasing and add/remove certain parts. Last, proofread the essay for any grammar or spelling mistakes.
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Summary is indispensable in preparing for and writing an argumentative essay. When you summarize a text (or describe visual material), you distill the ideas of another source for use in your own essay. Summarizing primary sources allows you to keep track of your observations. It helps make your analysis of these sources convincing, because it is based on careful observation of fact rather than on hazy or inaccurate recollection. Summarizing critical sources is particularly useful during the research and note-taking stages of writing. It gives you a record of what you've read and helps you distinguish your ideas from those of your sources.
Summaries you write to prepare for an essay will generally be longer and more detailed than those you include in the essay itself. (Only when you've established your thesis will you know the elements most important to retain.) It is crucial to remember, though, that the purpose of an analytical essay is only partly to demonstrate that you know and can summarize the work of others. The greater task is to showcase your ideas, your analysis of the source material. Thus all forms of summary (there are several) should be tools in your essay rather than its entirety.
True summary always concisely recaps the main point and key supporting points of an analytical source, the overall arc and most important turns of a narrative, or the main subject and key features of a visual source. True summary neither quotes nor judges the source, concentrating instead on giving a fair picture of it. True summary may also outline past work done in a field; it sums up the history of that work as a narrative. Consider including true summary—often just a few sentences, rarely more than a paragraph—in your essay when you introduce a new source. That way, you inform your readers of an author's argument before you analyze it.
Immediately after his introduction to an essay on Whittaker Chambers, a key player in the start of the Cold War, Bradley Nash included four sentences summarizing the foreword to his main source, Chambers's autobiography. Nash characterizes the genre and tone of the foreword in the first two sentences before swiftly describing, in the next two, the movement of its ideas:
The foreword to Chambers's autobiography is written in the form of "A Letter to My Children." In this introduction, Chambers establishes the spiritual tone that dominates the body of his book. He initially characterizes the Cold War in a more or less standard fashion, invoking the language of politics and describing the conflict as one between "Communism and Freedom." But as the foreword progresses, Chambers introduces a religious element that serves to cast the struggle between communism and capitalism as a kind of holy war.
Every essay also requires snippets of true summary along the way to "orient" readers—to introduce them to characters or critics they haven't yet met, to remind them of items they need to recall to understand your point. (The underlined phrase in the paragraph introducing Nash's summary is an example of orienting information.) True summary is also necessary to establish a context for your claims, the frame of reference you create in your introduction. An essay examining the "usable past" created by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, for example, might begin by briefly summarizing the history of the idea of a usable past, or by summarizing the view of a leading theorist on the topic.
Sometimes your essays will call for interpretive summary—summary or description that simultaneously informs your reader of the content of your source and makes a point about it. Interpretive summary differs from true summary by putting a "spin" on the materials, giving the reader hints about your assessment of the source. It is thus best suited to descriptions of primary sources that you plan to analyze. (If you put an interpretive spin on a critical source when you initially address it, you risk distorting it in the eyes of your reader: a form of academic dishonesty.)
The interpretive summary below comes from an essay examining a Civil War photograph in light of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The essayist, Dara Horn, knew she needed to describe the photo but that simply "walking through" its details would bewilder and bore her readers. So she revealed the point of her description in a pair of topic sentences (solid underline), summarized the details of the photo (double underline), and gave the description some interpretive "spin" (throughout).
As skeptical moderns, we often have trouble accepting drawings or paintings as historical records, but we tend to believe in photographs the way that we believe in mirrors; we simply accept them as the truth. Alexander Gardner's photograph Trossel's House, Battle-Field of Gettysburg, July, 1863 might therefore be viewed as evidence rather than commentary. Unlike some of Gardner's other "sketches," this picture includes no perfectly positioned rifles, no artistically angled river, no well-posed men in uniform—indeed, no people at all. The photograph's composition could barely be more prosaic; the horizon slashes the picture in half, and the subject, a white colonial-style house, sits smack in the center. Yet this straightforward, almost innocent perspective sets the viewer up for the photograph's stealthy horror. At first glance, the photograph appears to be a portrait of a house, perhaps even a poor portrait of a house; in a Òsketch bookÓ of war, one might flip right by it to the gory pictures before and after. But the terror in this photograph lies in its delayed shock, the gut-wrenching surprise when the light on the house leads the eye to the light on the fence and the viewer notices that the backyard fence is broken, and then thatthe backyard is a mess, littered with—what are those?—horses, dead horses, twelve dead horses. What must have happened to topple twelve nine-hundred-pound horses, and where are the people who rode them? Crushed underneath? The viewer doesn't know, because Gardner's picture doesn't tell us. All we see is a house, a broken fence, twelve dead horses, and an empty sky.
Remember that an essay that argues (rather than simply describes) uses summary only sparingly, to remind readers periodically of crucial points. Summary should always help build your argument. When teachers write "too much summary—more analysis needed" in the margin, generally they mean that the essay reports what you've studied rather than argues something about it. Two linked problems give rise to this situation. The first is a thesis that isn't really a thesis but rather a statement of something obvious about your subject—a description. (The obvious cannot be argued.) A statement of the obvious tends to force further description, which leads to the second problem, a structure that either follows the chronology of the source text from beginning to end or simply lists examples from the source. Neither approach builds an argument.
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How to Write an Analytical Essay
Developing an analytical argument is one of the most useful skills to learn in school and in University. It helps in your professional career, when making personal decisions, and just navigating life. We analyze things all the time every day, but learning how to write an analytical paper formalizes the process and creates a mental template to follow. In this article, you will learn what is an analytical essay, how to choose a good topic, receive step-by-step instructions for each paragraph, and get other useful tips.
What Is an Analytical Essay?
One of the most common college assignments, an analytical essay asks you to carefully analyze a specific topic. The topic can range from current events, movies, books, news stories, a period In history, or anything that requires further understanding. Analytical essays prove a point using claims backed by evidence. They do not use emotional appeals and personal anecdotes, rather they build an analytical argument using logic and facts. Unlike a persuasive essay where you only need to analyze one side of an issue, when writing an analytical essay both sides must be understood and presented. In the end, you should cover your personal viewpoints of whether you agree or disagree with what you are analyzing.
Analytical Essay Outline
The first thing to consider is the analytical essay format. An analytical essay is usually between 500 and 1,000 words, which means that it can follow the classic five paragraph format of essays with an introduction paragraph, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph. If you need to write a longer or more detailed analysis, you can expand on the number of body paragraphs. Developing an outline is useful to plan the eventual essay and get an overview of the structure. Many people skip making an outline but it is worth it because the time you spend planning will help guide your research and make writing the actual essay take less time. Let's have a look at a typical analytical essay outline.
- ~ Background information
- ~ Thesis statement
- Body paragraph 1
- ~ Topic sentence
- ~ Supporting evidence
- ~ Transition to body paragraph to
- Body paragraph 2
- ~ Transition to body paragraph 3
- Body paragraph 3
- ~ Transition to conclusion
- ~ Summary of major points
- ~ Restate the thesis
- ~ Key takeaways
Analytical Essay Introduction
Writing an introduction for analytical papers is no different than writing an introduction for any other type of essay. The introduction is the first thing somebody reads so it's important to both engage the reader as well as make sure they understand what the paper is going to be about. A good introduction provides background information, clearly states what the goal of the paper is, and hints at the claims you are going to make.
The very first sentence should be a hook. This means that it should capture the reader's attention and compel them to read the rest of the essay. A hook can be a curious fact, a joke, an engaging question, essentially anything that's connected to your topic and also interesting.
Next, you need to give background information about the topic you are analyzing. If it is a piece of work done by somebody else like a book or a movie then this is where you give the title, year of release, name of the director/author, etc. If it is an academic subject or an abstract concept then this is where you give some brief background so that the audience gets an understanding of the topic.
Next, you need to clearly state your thesis. A thesis statement is essentially the main purpose of your essay. It is one or two sentences that clearly identify the issue you are going to analyze, hints at the claim you are trying to make, and states your opinion if you have one.
Coming up with a good thesis statement is one of the biggest challenges of any type of essay writing. A thesis statement clearly states the purpose of your essay in one or two sentences. A good thesis statement gives the reader an understanding of what the essay is about. For analytical essays, a thesis statement presents specifically what you analyzed and the conclusion you drew.
Each body paragraph should present evidence that backs up the claims you make in your thesis statement, so coming up with a clear and specific thesis is vitally important when writing an analytical essay. A thesis statement that is too broad can be difficult to prove in an analytical essay which is why it needs to be specific. Let's take a look at the following thesis statements:
- Climate change is one of the biggest problems in the world right now.
- Video games are going to be more important in the future.
- Reality television is bad for teenagers.
The topics being analyzed are interesting but the thesis statements are too broad to be covered in just one essay. Exactly how the topics will be analyzed are not mentioned, leaving the reader with no idea how you are going to approach the issue. The following are better versions of these thesis statements.
- Youth activism is one of the driving forces in the climate change debate and is affecting policy changes in governments.
- The gamification of education is making video games essential to the future of humanity.
- False versions of reality expressed in reality television shows are negatively impacting teenagers’ self-esteem.
These thesis statements analyze the main topics of climate change, video games, and reality television, but they focus on specific elements and include an opinion. This gives the paper direction and informs the reader exactly what the paper will be about. They further clearly identify the way the topic will be analyzed and can help you present specific evidence in the body paragraphs.
Analytical Essay Body
In a five paragraph structure, there are three body paragraphs, but in an analytical essay, you might have more. The body paragraphs contain the meat of your essay, the evidence that supports your thesis statement. Each body paragraph should discuss a particular claim or piece of evidence and follows a specific format.
- Topic sentence that clearly states the direction of analysis for the paragraph
- The main piece of evidence for your claim
- Supporting information
- Transition to the next paragraph
The first sentence of your body paragraph should give the reader an idea of the specific issue that the paragraph will talk about. For example, if the essay is about the gamification of education, the topic sentence for the first body paragraph can be “Educational video games are being used in many third world countries to help children who cannot access standard schooling systems”. This topic sentence clearly explains what the paragraph will be about and allows you to provide factual evidence.
A good topic sentence helps the reader keep track of and structures the flow of your analysis paper. Imagine having a conversation with a friend about a topic. The main pieces of support you make for your claim are topic sentences.
The rest of the body paragraph includes factual information that proves the validity of your topic sentence. Each body paragraph should talk about only one issue, so make sure that the evidence you provide is related only to the specific claim you are making in that paragraph. It can be tempting to provide as much evidence as possible, but analytical papers that are too dense with information can be hard to read and understand, so only mention the most important facts and figures.
End each body paragraph with a brief restatement of the topic sentence, emphasizing how the evidence you've presented backs up the claim. This is a great way of transitioning to the next body paragraph that contains a different piece of evidence and analysis from a different point of view. A one-sentence summary or another kind of transition statement helps the essay flow better and builds a more convincing overall argument.
Analytical Essay Conclusion
The conclusion of an analysis essay restates all the main points in a concise way. This is not the place to add new information or provide new points of analysis, rather it is a summary of the essay presented in a way to make the main purpose clear. In general, this is the format of a conclusion paragraph for an analysis paper.
- Restate the thesis
- Summarize the main topic sentences
- Provide key pieces of evidence
- Author's thoughts on possible further analysis
If someone can understand the purpose of your paper just by reading the conclusion then you have written a good conclusion paragraph. By restating your thesis at the beginning you reminded the reader of the main purpose of your essay. After going through three body paragraphs this is important so that the reader makes connections between the evidence presented and the thesis statement.
Follow this up with a brief summary of the main claims and analysis in each body paragraph. Since you have already presented evidence backing up the claims, rephrase the main topic sentences and put together a convincing argument for your points. Make sure you don't include new evidence or points of analysis in the conclusion because this might confuse the reader. The conclusion paragraph only recaps and summarizes information. If you have a new point of analysis then add a new body paragraph.
Finally, end the conclusion paragraph with some of your own thoughts. Explain why the topic is important, why your perspective adds new information, how your analysis compares to experts in the field, etc.
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Steps For How to Write an Analytical Essay
Before you actually start writing an analytical essay there are several steps you can take to make the process easier. The more preparation work you do beforehand, the easier the writing will go and the essay will have better flow and structure overall. These are the steps you should take before you even start writing.
- Brainstorm different topic ideas
- Research a few topics you like
- Choose a topic you like that has enough information to back up your claims
- Come up with a thesis statement to help direct your research
- Make an outline
Each time you remember: 'Oh, I need someone to write my essay for me ', it might be tempting to choose the first topic that pops into your head, but choosing the right topic is one of the most important aspects of analytical writing.
Once you have a few different topic ideas, conduct brief research on them to see if you really find them interesting and if there is enough information for you to write a convincing essay.
Now that you have a topic and know some information about it you should come up with a thesis statement so that you have a question in mind when conducting in-depth research to find evidence to support your claim.
Take notes while doing research and put them into an outline so that you can easily recover the information when writing your essay and you get an idea of the overall flow. An outline helps collect information as well as build a convincing argument.
Choose a Topic
The good thing about analytical essay topics is that anything can be analyzed so anything can be a topic. The bad news is that with so many options it can be challenging to find one actually worth analyzing. First things first, if your teacher has assigned a list of topics to choose from, go over the list and pick out the ones you find interesting. If your teacher has assigned a list of options then It is your job to explore one of the topics in a unique and interesting way. If you can choose any topic you want, go over a list of potential topics and conduct brief research to narrow them down to just two or three. The topic you choose should be based on a few things:
- If you are genuinely interested in the topic it will make the research and writing more fun
- The topic should have enough research for you to back your claims
- The topic should not be too broad so that you cannot fully explore it in one essay
- Try and find a unique way of approaching the topic
Congratulations, you have just finished the first step of how to write an analytical essay!
Write an Analytical Thesis Statement
Now that you have a topic in mind and have done adequate research your next challenge when writing an analytical essay is to come up with a thesis statement. A thesis statement is one or two sentences towards the end of an introductory paragraph that clearly states the purpose of the essay. A thesis statement directs the entire essay and tells the reader what to expect. Why write a thesis statement so early? Because coming up with a thesis statement early will help direct your research. Not only does this save time, but it also helps structure the essay and arguments in your mind as you discover new information.
A good thesis statement clearly states the specific topic you are going to talk about, what exactly you are going to analyze, and includes your opinion. For example, the thesis statement “The gamification of education is making video games essential to the future of humanity”, clearly tells the audience the essay will be about video games and their impact on education.
Organize the Body of Your Essay
Body paragraphs are the place in an analysis paper where you provide evidence to show the reader that your findings are valid. Each body paragraph should begin with a clear topic sentence that describes what is going to be discussed in that paragraph. Each body paragraph should only talk about one specific point of analysis or evidence. Each body paragraph should highlight a piece of evidence that backs up your original thesis. Organize your body paragraphs in a way that builds an argument from various viewpoints while ensuring that there is good flow and each individual argument is easy to understand.
Now that you have a thesis statement and understand the overall structure of the body paragraphs it is time to actually find the information you need to back up your analysis. Research your topic thoroughly while focusing on information related to your thesis. Make a list of information that backs up your claim and check if the sources are reliable or not. Choose three or four of the most relevant pieces of information that back up your claim and conduct further research on that information in particular. Fill in relevant information into your outline and record where you found the information. Doing research when writing an analytical essay doesn't have to take a long time or be boring, it can be fun if you enjoy the topic and conduct well-directed research.
Use Evidence Effectively
For an analytical essay to be convincing it needs facts, but presenting the facts in a robotic way isn't persuasive or engaging. Use the evidence and information you find in your research but craft a story around it. You can state a statistic like “30% of children in third world countries use education applications or say “30% of children in developing countries without access to formal education now use education applications to get high school degrees and pull their families out of poverty”.
Use Contrasting Opinions
It may seem counterproductive to include opinions that disagree with your opinion into your analytical paper, but it is a great way of building a convincing argument in an analysis paper. Find the strongest contrasting opinion and make a body paragraph where you explain why that viewpoint is incorrect using evidence. This builds a strong argument because it shows that you have considered opposing viewpoints, and by undermining the strongest one you strengthen your argument.
Write an Effective Summary
A conclusion paragraph is essentially a summary of all the main points of the essay. A well-written conclusion recaps the most important elements of the essay in just a few sentences. You can do this by restating the thesis to remind the readers about the purpose of the essay, and then restating the topic sentences from each body paragraph to summarize the strongest pieces of evidence backing up your claim. Finally, in a sentence or two explain why the topic is important and how your analysis is unique.
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Analytical Essay Topics
As mentioned above, finding the right topic is vitally important when it comes to answering the question of how to write an analytical essay. Which is why we have this section devoted entirely to it. Remember that a good topic:
- Is something you generally find interesting
- Should attract a reader's attention
- Should not be too broad
- Needs enough quality research to present evidence
- Asks a question that is important
Finding a good topic for an analytical paper isn't easy, but make sure you spend enough time pinpointing something that fulfills the criteria. A good topic is the difference between enjoying the writing process and getting a good grade, or finding it a chore and getting a bad grade. You might also find it helpful to explore an article on how to write a reflection paper to get more information.
Here is a list of good analytical essay topics to get you started.
Topics about psychology
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- What qualifies as a mental disorder?
- Why do more young people feel lonely?
- What is the effect of lockdowns on mental health?
- Is happiness an illusion?
- What are effective methods of coping with depression?
Topics about pop culture
- Why DOTA is the perfect game
- What is the impact of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
- An analysis of the history of Science Fiction
- Why blank is the best music genre
- The rise and fall of Kanye West
Topics about art and history
- How does World War II still affect us?
- An analysis of postmodern art.
- Are all artists geniuses?
- What is the influence of the Renaissance?
- What are the lessons learned from war?
Analytical Essay Examples
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Despite the difference in doctrines, the Jews, Christians, and Muslims have in one way or another related in accordance to their faith and beliefs. The three monotheistic religions are known for their high regard for their disparities despite the similarities they manifest. It is not only a matter that concerns the religions themselves, but also the society given the world is slowly changing and more people have begun to question the existence of each religion in essence. While, the similarities may be just but subtle, the extent of reach is relatively wide, and for that cause the standing of these religion need some inspection. Noteworthy, there are common features in the religions such as the tenacious adherence by certain groups, which may also pose the question regarding not only lack of choice but also the need to be considered one.
A major consequence of war is in its ability to demolish traditional values and introducing drastic changes the perceptions of the world among those who experience the horror and devastation that define war. For military personnel, assuming a normal life after war is a form of torture because for such an individual visualizing the society from an optimistic perspective is relatively difficult considering that it always in the brink of war which threatens the peace that may be prevailing. Hemmingway uses this story to reminisce about his life after participating in the First World War. It was from his experience in the war as a driver for the Italian Army that he developed depression and he experienced multiple injuries.
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How to Write an Analytical Essay Conclusion
When you're writing an analytical essay your aim is to back up the conclusion that comes at the end. The main body of the essay should lead logically to that conclusion, and it should be properly supported by your arguments and analysis. That's all down to your research and how you structure the essay, of course. But how do you write the conclusion itself?
Before worrying about that too much you should think about when to write the conclusion. The correct answer is second last; the last thing you write is the introduction. Yes, that sounds odd, but there are good reasons for it. The main thing here, though, is that you remember to write the conclusion second last.
You might already have decided your conclusion before you start work on the essay, or you might decide on it after you've planned and researched your discussion section. As soon as you know what it is make a note of it on your essay outline and add more notes as required. What you're aiming for is a single paragraph with the following information:
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- A quick summary of the main discussion points. This should only take one or two sentences.
- Your conclusion about the discussion. You should state exactly what you have decided. An example might be, "The main motivation of most of Clancy's characters is patriotism. This is clear from his description of their opinions on American traditions and institutions. No other factor can explain their actions, for example Clark's willingness to return to Vietnam alone." This information should be stated in two or three simple, clearly worded sentences.
- A final point. This can be a short (one or two sentences) anecdote or joke, or a suggestion for further reading.
One thing you should never do in the conclusion is introduce new ideas that weren't covered in the discussion. This makes the reader wonder what else you've left out and if you have picked your arguments to support the conclusion rather than reached your conclusion from your arguments.
Writing a good conclusion isn't difficult, but it is important. If you can, try to read a few example essays to get an idea of how other people have done it. This will help you get it right.
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One of the crucial parts of a writing piece is an essay conclusion. it is the last paragraph that creates the final impression from a paper. It is not enough just to summarize what was written in the body part. A writer must make the reader want to continue exploring the problem, share the author’s position, or finally get a clear understanding of an issue . It all depends on the essay type. Our essay writer team has come up with essay conclusion examples and useful tips to help students master the art of concluding an essay logically and effectively. Check them out!
Conclusion is the last paragraph of any academic writing, no matter whether it is a school five paragraph essay or college research paper. It is a compulsory structural part of an essay that gives a sense of closure. The purpose of writing a conclusion is to restate the main idea, summarize the key points discussed in the body of the paper showing how they support or prove your thesis, and draw a general conclusion .
What to write in a conclusion paragraph? A typical conclusion outline has three structural components:
- Restated thesis statement.
- Summary of the key points.
- General conclusion or ideas for broader implications of an issue.
Don’t know how to start essay conclusions? No worries! We have prepared useful tips to help you write a good conclusion for your essay. Follow these simple steps:
- Restate the thesis statement . Start your essay conclusion with reminding readers of the main idea of your paper. However, do not just copy-paste the sentence from the introduction paragraph . You should present the same claim but using different words.
- Summarize the main points . Proceed with analysis and summary the key ideas you have discussed in the body paragraphs. Show how these arguments support and prove your thesis statement.
- Sum up the whole essay . After analyzing the major ideas of the paper, draw up a general essay conclusion. If you do not know how to do it, try answering the So-what?-question. In case you write a conclusion for a research paper, you may be asked to identify the knowledge gap. Also, you may specify broader implications of the issue in the larger context for future research.
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Look at the English essay conclusion example below. It may refer to any type of paper.
There exist several most common approaches that allow to conclude an essay logically and reasonably. Here they are.
- So what? This is the most common strategy. It presupposes summing up the paper by giving an answer to a short question So-what?
- Giving a larger context. This strategy mainly applies to the research papers. The main idea is to mention the areas of the issue that need further investigation.
- Rhetorical question . It is a provocative and intriguing question that does not need an answer. It gives readers food for thought. However, such conclusions might be not very effective in academic papers.
Also, we would like to remind you that there are some details that should not be included in the conclusion paragraph. Avoid:
- Retelling what was written in the paper
- Presenting new ideas
- Introducing facts or arguments that contradict the info discussed in the essay
- Adding in-text citations
- Copy-pasting sentences from the intro or body paragraphs
- Using phrases like in conclusion, in summary, to sum up, etc.
Essay conclusion is an essential part of a paper. If you miss it or make it weak, your essay will be incomplete. Thus, try your best to conclude an essay with a strong and balanced final paragraph. It should resonate with the essay introduction and body paragraphs, summarize the whole paper, and be written using parallel sentence structures. Have a close look at conclusion sentence examples to ensure you are able to conclude an essay appropriately. If you have some questions or need help with your essay conclusion, you may ask for writing assistance. Experienced writers will help you write a logical and reasonable essay conclusion.
1. What are the components of a conclusion?
Essay conclusion usually has three main parts. They are: restated thesis statement, summary of the key points, and general conclusion. Make sure you include these parts in the final part to conclude an essay appropriately. Mind that just repeating the thesis and ideas will not work. Show your ability to analyze.
2. How to begin a conclusion?
In the last paragraph synthesize and summarize your paper. A reasonable conclusion starts with reminding readers the main idea of an essay. Make sure to paraphrase your thesis statement. Otherwise, it might seem you don’t really understand the point. Also, avoid starting the paragraph with such words as in conclusion, in summary, to conclude, to sum up, etc. It looks primitive and unprofessional.
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How to Write an Analytical Essay?
Writing an analytical essay may seem quite challenging until you get familiar with a simple guide. This assignment is used in many subjects, but literature and history are the most frequent disciplines. Students should know how to write an analytical essay to analyze a piece of writing and share their insights on the topic. Analytical skills are very useful for all students, and this task helps them develop an analytical argument. In the future, students will be able to analyze different situations, people, and their behavior when making decisions in their career and personal life. Once you have a template in your mind of how to think and act analytically, life will be much easier and more successful for you. Read the article and learn analytical essay writing tips.
What is an Analytical Essay?
The first thing to know is the concept of an analytical essay. Before we give a clear definition of the term, let’s take a look at what analysis itself is. Analysis means a detailed examination to understand something better and express one’s own opinion and judgment on it.
An analytical essay is a type of academic writing that examines a specific topic meticulously, draws connections, and proves a point using claims. Logic, facts, and evidence play a crucial role in analytical writing. Personal experiences, emotions, and feelings will not help a writer with the analysis.
When writing an analytical essay, you should analyze both sides of an issue, understand, and present them clearly. The final opinion should be based on an objective evaluation of the material relevance. The essay author aims to persuade the audience to know more about their perspective and rightfulness.
This essay type differs from descriptive and critical analysis essays despite similar features. It’s the author’s point of view that sets analytical writing apart from descriptive or critical analysis. The author doesn’t have to express their subjective opinion on the topic.
The analytical paper’s length ranges from 500 to 1,000 words. There are two types of analytical essays that have their structures. Compare and contrast essays deal with similarities and differences, while cause and effect essays study how the cause of one thing affects other things. The structure of the essay, where you showcase your analytical skills, consists of an introduction, body part, and conclusion.
- The introduction consists of a hook, background information, and a thesis statement.
- There are usually three body paragraphs that go into the actual analysis. Each paragraph starts with a topic sentence, supporting evidence, and transitions to the next paragraph.
- The final part — the conclusion, restates the thesis, summarizes the main points, and calls to action or sets a rhetorical question.
There are many other aspects to consider when writing an analytical paper, read on to find tips on starting your essay properly.
How to Begin an Analytical Essay?
You know that an introduction is the starting point of your essay. It’s part of your paper that orientates the reader on the topic. You show the purpose of your essay, outline the scope, and present your thesis statement.
Your introduction should attract readers’ attention and encourage them to explore the rest of your paper. Start your analytical essay with a strong hook. This can be a question, a surprising statement, a joke, etc. When writing an analytical essay intro, give all the necessary background information and context to clarify the argument.
Finally, state your thesis. It’s a sentence where you outline the essay’s purpose and present your conclusion. A specific and clear thesis is vital for supporting the claims in the statement with evidence. Try to avoid too broad thesis statements to prove it effectively.
How to End an Analytical Essay?
The way you start and end the essay determines the overall success of your paper. If you wonder how to write an analytical essay closing paragraph properly, explore our expert tips. Conclusion recaps your argument and the most important points of the essay. Go through the body paragraphs to show connections between the evidence and the thesis statement. You can give some thought-provoking words on the topic, but don’t introduce new evidence.
The conclusion leaves the final impression on the reader, so craft it carefully to strengthen your original thesis and encourage the audience to adopt your perspective. You can explain why your analysis is worth attention, along with experts’ ideas in this field. If people can understand the essay’s purpose just by reading a conclusion, it’s a good essay.
How to Be Analytical in an Essay?
If you want to be purely analytical in your essay, start with analytical essay topics . If the teacher hasn’t assigned an essay topic, you have to come up with a unique and engaging option.
Firstly, brainstorm different topic ideas before starting your essay. Make sure the analytical theme has enough information to support your claims. Consider it’s neither too narrow nor too broad so that you can approach the theme uniquely. The most important thing is choosing a theme that is interesting to you and that you know on an advanced level.
Keep in mind that you should stay objective and avoid overgeneralization. An analytical essay doesn’t require long descriptions or secondary sources to dominate your essay. In order to be an analytical writer, avoid “lab talk” and phrases to express your opinion.
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This resource provides tips for creating a thesis statement and examples of different types of thesis statements.
Tips for Writing Your Thesis Statement
1. Determine what kind of paper you are writing:
- An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience.
- An expository (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience.
- An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided.
If you are writing a text that does not fall under these three categories (e.g., a narrative), a thesis statement somewhere in the first paragraph could still be helpful to your reader.
2. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence.
3. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper.
4. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.
Thesis Statement Examples
Example of an analytical thesis statement:
The paper that follows should:
- Explain the analysis of the college admission process
- Explain the challenge facing admissions counselors
Example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement:
- Explain how students spend their time studying, attending class, and socializing with peers
Example of an argumentative thesis statement:
- Present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that students should pursue community projects before entering college
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How to Write an Analytical Essay
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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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.  X Research source
- 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.
- 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. Don't: ignore or twist evidence to fit your thesis. Do: adjust your thesis to a more nuanced position as you learn more about the topic.
- 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
- 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. Don't: include filler and fluff sentences beginning with "In modern society" or "Throughout time." Do: briefly mention the title, author, and publication date of the text you're analyzing.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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- Ask yourself "What am I trying to prove?" The answer should be in your thesis. If not, go back and fix it. ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- 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. ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- 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. ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
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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. To learn from our English reviewer how to come up with your thesis statement and find evidence that supports it, read on! Did this summary help you? Yes No
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When writing an essay, the conclusion is extremely important even when so many students put very little thought into it. Keep in mind that the conclusion is the very last thing that the reader encounters in the essay, so it is important to go out with a bang. Here is some advance for writing a good conclusion that gives your essays a professional, polished feel.
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- Write out the main points of your paper. If you know exactly what you are arguing for, you will have a better idea of what to put in the conclusion.gth
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- If you want to know how to end an essay in the most effective manner, take another look at the introduction. By seeking out themes in the first paragraph and expanding upon them into the conclusion, you can create a tidy bookend.
- For example, if you start your paper by arguing that social media has led to fewer face-to-face interactions, you could discuss it again in your conclusion. However, you could then take it a step further and include the notion that social media actually expands the user’s circle of friends, even if actual visits are less frequent.
- See if you can apply your arguments to different contexts. In other words, the conclusion should serve to explain the broader implications of the topic in question. By doing this, it gives your paper a greater sense of purpose in the mind of the reader.
- For example, as you discuss how Democrats and Republicans can come to an agreement on health care reform, you can use it to suggest that the two parties might be able to work together on a variety of other government policies.
How to End the Last Paragraph of an Essay: The Writing Steps
- Use caution with transitions. In some cases, it is necessary to include a transitional phrase in order to signify to the reader that the paper is coming to a conclusion. However, if it is fairly obvious that you have reached the end, then you can omit the transition entirely.
- If you decide to use a transition, is best to avoid using cliché expressions such as “in conclusion…” and “to summarize…”
- Summarize the most important points. Take the topic sentences from each of the main paragraphs and rewrite all of these arguments in two or three sentences. By doing so, you will be able to emphasize your arguments to the reader one last time.
- However, do not simply copy-and-paste the sentences; the reader doesn’t need to see them a second time.
- Don’t over- or under-do it. While there is no universal rule regarding the length of the conclusion, most academics recommend that they be between 5 and 7 sentences long. Any shorter and you likely done enough summarizing of your points; any longer and your paper risks sounding like it’s rambling.
- If your paper includes a thesis, reintroduce it at the end of the last paragraph of an essay. Since the thesis is the most important component of your paper, it obviously must be included at the end, even if you only make a passing reference to it.
- Of course, make sure to find a creative way to reword your thesis. Saying it in the same way all the time makes it come off as uninspired, and it does nothing to enhance your argument.
- Use language that demonstrates command. There is no reason to be timid, humble or offer apologies for expressing your opinion.
- For example, instead of stating, “In my opinion, Iowa is the best state in America” you would want to phrase it, “That’s why Iowa is the best state in America.” Your reader already knows that when you state Iowa is the best state, you believe it. By saying “In my opinion” or “I believe” you come off as less certain.
- You would also want to avoid writing in a way that sounds apologetic or belittling of your knowledge. “I might not be the smartest person on this subject…” as your credibility goes out the window.
- Make the ending something to remember. Regarding how to end an essay in the last sentence, be provocative and don’t beat around the bush. In other words, the last words make the strongest impression on the reader, so you want to choose a sentence that provides purpose.
For example, there is nothing wrong with using irony.
If the essay is somewhat light-hearted, humor can work as well. Obviously, if you have struck a serious note throughout the paper, you would not want to make a sudden 180 degree turn. In any event, you want to make an emotional appeal to the reader.
If the essay is about arguing for change, find a way to inspire the reader to act. In some circumstances, you could even end an essay with a quote.
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How to End an Essay with a Quote
Sometimes it can be effective to close your paper with a quotation based on a primary or secondary source.
- For instance, the primary source of the quote could come from the professor of the course itself. Quotes from secondary sources could include well-known authorities or even pop culture icons.
- When done appropriately, the quote can help hammer home your main argument or provide further introspection. Including a quote from a novel or poem can add some color to your essay.
- Likewise, a quote from an academic or critic can reinforce your point or even complicate it. For example, as you are writing a conclusion to an essay about the racism experienced the Mark Twain classic “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn,” you could also include a quote from Mark Twain’s autobiography about his own person thoughts on the subject. Just make sure to include your own final sentence after the quote as it is never a good idea to finish a paper with other peoples’ words.
How to End an Informative Essay
Writing conclusion for an informative essay is as important as any other part. Conclusion is the last thing that a person will read about your essay; you have to leave a good aftertaste, to make the person feel something, to memorize your text. The aim is to summarize all main points but not copying them. Try to change phrases and so on. In informative essay you write about concrete information and arguments to it. That’s why while writing, pose a question to yourself: why this information is important? Answer should be given in the conclusion.
After answering the question, write a list of main ideas, which you have to write in conclusion. As the length of a conclusion is no more than 6 sentences, so take topic sentences from each paragraph and paraphrase it to make them more unique. And don’t forget: conclusion is not a place for new arguments! Finally, the last sentence of the conclusion should be authoritative to end the conclusion and the whole text effectively.
How to End an Analytical Essay
You shouldn’t relax on the last paragraph. While writing an essay, you have to keep the reader still involved. The aim is to end an essay with only one paragraph where you have to say: A quick summary with main points that were discussed above. It’s only one or two sentences. Also you have to summarize your own thoughts about the topic that was discussed. It will take only 3 sentences.And the last is final phrase. You can end with a short joke or quotation.
Also, make sure that writing a conclusion is not a visible copying of your own words said before. It can be a paraphrasing, like the last highlight that you mentioned in the text but didn’t open to the end. And remember important thing! Don’t give any new arguments, just summarize the previous ones. Writing an exciting conclusion can be difficult, but it’s very important as well. If you don’t have any fresh ideas, read essays of other people, it can help you to come up with your own ideas. So, try your best to succeed in it!
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How to Write a Literary Analysis Essay | A Step-by-Step Guide
Published on January 30, 2020 by Jack Caulfield . Revised on September 2, 2022.
Literary analysis means closely studying a text, interpreting its meanings, and exploring why the author made certain choices. It can be applied to novels, short stories, plays, poems, or any other form of literary writing.
A literary analysis essay is not a rhetorical analysis , nor is it just a summary of the plot or a book review. Instead, it is a type of argumentative essay where you need to analyze elements such as the language, perspective, and structure of the text, and explain how the author uses literary devices to create effects and convey ideas.
Before beginning a literary analysis essay, it’s essential to carefully read the text and c ome up with a thesis statement to keep your essay focused. As you write, follow the standard structure of an academic essay :
- An introduction that tells the reader what your essay will focus on.
- A main body, divided into paragraphs , that builds an argument using evidence from the text.
- A conclusion that clearly states the main point that you have shown with your analysis.
Table of contents
Step 1: reading the text and identifying literary devices, step 2: coming up with a thesis, step 3: writing a title and introduction, step 4: writing the body of the essay, step 5: writing a conclusion.
The first step is to carefully read the text(s) and take initial notes. As you read, pay attention to the things that are most intriguing, surprising, or even confusing in the writing—these are things you can dig into in your analysis.
Your goal in literary analysis is not simply to explain the events described in the text, but to analyze the writing itself and discuss how the text works on a deeper level. Primarily, you’re looking out for literary devices —textual elements that writers use to convey meaning and create effects. If you’re comparing and contrasting multiple texts, you can also look for connections between different texts.
To get started with your analysis, there are several key areas that you can focus on. As you analyze each aspect of the text, try to think about how they all relate to each other. You can use highlights or notes to keep track of important passages and quotes.
Consider what style of language the author uses. Are the sentences short and simple or more complex and poetic?
What word choices stand out as interesting or unusual? Are words used figuratively to mean something other than their literal definition? Figurative language includes things like metaphor (e.g. “her eyes were oceans”) and simile (e.g. “her eyes were like oceans”).
Also keep an eye out for imagery in the text—recurring images that create a certain atmosphere or symbolize something important. Remember that language is used in literary texts to say more than it means on the surface.
- Who is telling the story?
- How are they telling it?
Is it a first-person narrator (“I”) who is personally involved in the story, or a third-person narrator who tells us about the characters from a distance?
Consider the narrator’s perspective . Is the narrator omniscient (where they know everything about all the characters and events), or do they only have partial knowledge? Are they an unreliable narrator who we are not supposed to take at face value? Authors often hint that their narrator might be giving us a distorted or dishonest version of events.
The tone of the text is also worth considering. Is the story intended to be comic, tragic, or something else? Are usually serious topics treated as funny, or vice versa ? Is the story realistic or fantastical (or somewhere in between)?
Consider how the text is structured, and how the structure relates to the story being told.
- Novels are often divided into chapters and parts.
- Poems are divided into lines, stanzas, and sometime cantos.
- Plays are divided into scenes and acts.
Think about why the author chose to divide the different parts of the text in the way they did.
There are also less formal structural elements to take into account. Does the story unfold in chronological order, or does it jump back and forth in time? Does it begin in medias res —in the middle of the action? Does the plot advance towards a clearly defined climax?
With poetry, consider how the rhyme and meter shape your understanding of the text and your impression of the tone. Try reading the poem aloud to get a sense of this.
In a play, you might consider how relationships between characters are built up through different scenes, and how the setting relates to the action. Watch out for dramatic irony , where the audience knows some detail that the characters don’t, creating a double meaning in their words, thoughts, or actions.
Your thesis in a literary analysis essay is the point you want to make about the text. It’s the core argument that gives your essay direction and prevents it from just being a collection of random observations about a text.
If you’re given a prompt for your essay, your thesis must answer or relate to the prompt. For example:
Essay question example
Is Franz Kafka’s “Before the Law” a religious parable?
Your thesis statement should be an answer to this question—not a simple yes or no, but a statement of why this is or isn’t the case:
Thesis statement example
Franz Kafka’s “Before the Law” is not a religious parable, but a story about bureaucratic alienation.
Sometimes you’ll be given freedom to choose your own topic; in this case, you’ll have to come up with an original thesis. Consider what stood out to you in the text; ask yourself questions about the elements that interested you, and consider how you might answer them.
Your thesis should be something arguable—that is, something that you think is true about the text, but which is not a simple matter of fact. It must be complex enough to develop through evidence and arguments across the course of your essay.
Say you’re analyzing the novel Frankenstein . You could start by asking yourself:
Your initial answer might be a surface-level description:
The character Frankenstein is portrayed negatively in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein .
However, this statement is too simple to be an interesting thesis. After reading the text and analyzing its narrative voice and structure, you can develop the answer into a more nuanced and arguable thesis statement:
Mary Shelley uses shifting narrative perspectives to portray Frankenstein in an increasingly negative light as the novel goes on. While he initially appears to be a naive but sympathetic idealist, after the creature’s narrative Frankenstein begins to resemble—even in his own telling—the thoughtlessly cruel figure the creature represents him as.
Remember that you can revise your thesis statement throughout the writing process , so it doesn’t need to be perfectly formulated at this stage. The aim is to keep you focused as you analyze the text.
Finding textual evidence
To support your thesis statement, your essay will build an argument using textual evidence —specific parts of the text that demonstrate your point. This evidence is quoted and analyzed throughout your essay to explain your argument to the reader.
It can be useful to comb through the text in search of relevant quotations before you start writing. You might not end up using everything you find, and you may have to return to the text for more evidence as you write, but collecting textual evidence from the beginning will help you to structure your arguments and assess whether they’re convincing.
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To start your literary analysis paper, you’ll need two things: a good title, and an introduction.
Your title should clearly indicate what your analysis will focus on. It usually contains the name of the author and text(s) you’re analyzing. Keep it as concise and engaging as possible.
A common approach to the title is to use a relevant quote from the text, followed by a colon and then the rest of your title.
If you struggle to come up with a good title at first, don’t worry—this will be easier once you’ve begun writing the essay and have a better sense of your arguments.
“Fearful symmetry” : The violence of creation in William Blake’s “The Tyger”
The essay introduction provides a quick overview of where your argument is going. It should include your thesis statement and a summary of the essay’s structure.
A typical structure for an introduction is to begin with a general statement about the text and author, using this to lead into your thesis statement. You might refer to a commonly held idea about the text and show how your thesis will contradict it, or zoom in on a particular device you intend to focus on.
Then you can end with a brief indication of what’s coming up in the main body of the essay. This is called signposting. It will be more elaborate in longer essays, but in a short five-paragraph essay structure, it shouldn’t be more than one sentence.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is often read as a crude cautionary tale about the dangers of scientific advancement unrestrained by ethical considerations. In this reading, protagonist Victor Frankenstein is a stable representation of the callous ambition of modern science throughout the novel. This essay, however, argues that far from providing a stable image of the character, Shelley uses shifting narrative perspectives to portray Frankenstein in an increasingly negative light as the novel goes on. While he initially appears to be a naive but sympathetic idealist, after the creature’s narrative Frankenstein begins to resemble—even in his own telling—the thoughtlessly cruel figure the creature represents him as. This essay begins by exploring the positive portrayal of Frankenstein in the first volume, then moves on to the creature’s perception of him, and finally discusses the third volume’s narrative shift toward viewing Frankenstein as the creature views him.
Some students prefer to write the introduction later in the process, and it’s not a bad idea. After all, you’ll have a clearer idea of the overall shape of your arguments once you’ve begun writing them!
If you do write the introduction first, you should still return to it later to make sure it lines up with what you ended up writing, and edit as necessary.
The body of your essay is everything between the introduction and conclusion. It contains your arguments and the textual evidence that supports them.
A typical structure for a high school literary analysis essay consists of five paragraphs : the three paragraphs of the body, plus the introduction and conclusion.
Each paragraph in the main body should focus on one topic. In the five-paragraph model, try to divide your argument into three main areas of analysis, all linked to your thesis. Don’t try to include everything you can think of to say about the text—only analysis that drives your argument.
In longer essays, the same principle applies on a broader scale. For example, you might have two or three sections in your main body, each with multiple paragraphs. Within these sections, you still want to begin new paragraphs at logical moments—a turn in the argument or the introduction of a new idea.
Robert’s first encounter with Gil-Martin suggests something of his sinister power. Robert feels “a sort of invisible power that drew me towards him.” He identifies the moment of their meeting as “the beginning of a series of adventures which has puzzled myself, and will puzzle the world when I am no more in it” (p. 89). Gil-Martin’s “invisible power” seems to be at work even at this distance from the moment described; before continuing the story, Robert feels compelled to anticipate at length what readers will make of his narrative after his approaching death. With this interjection, Hogg emphasizes the fatal influence Gil-Martin exercises from his first appearance.
To keep your points focused, it’s important to use a topic sentence at the beginning of each paragraph.
A good topic sentence allows a reader to see at a glance what the paragraph is about. It can introduce a new line of argument and connect or contrast it with the previous paragraph. Transition words like “however” or “moreover” are useful for creating smooth transitions:
… The story’s focus, therefore, is not upon the divine revelation that may be waiting beyond the door, but upon the mundane process of aging undergone by the man as he waits.
Nevertheless, the “radiance” that appears to stream from the door is typically treated as religious symbolism.
This topic sentence signals that the paragraph will address the question of religious symbolism, while the linking word “nevertheless” points out a contrast with the previous paragraph’s conclusion.
Using textual evidence
A key part of literary analysis is backing up your arguments with relevant evidence from the text. This involves introducing quotes from the text and explaining their significance to your point.
It’s important to contextualize quotes and explain why you’re using them; they should be properly introduced and analyzed, not treated as self-explanatory:
It isn’t always necessary to use a quote. Quoting is useful when you’re discussing the author’s language, but sometimes you’ll have to refer to plot points or structural elements that can’t be captured in a short quote.
In these cases, it’s more appropriate to paraphrase or summarize parts of the text—that is, to describe the relevant part in your own words:
The conclusion of your analysis shouldn’t introduce any new quotations or arguments. Instead, it’s about wrapping up the essay. Here, you summarize your key points and try to emphasize their significance to the reader.
A good way to approach this is to briefly summarize your key arguments, and then stress the conclusion they’ve led you to, highlighting the new perspective your thesis provides on the text as a whole:
By tracing the depiction of Frankenstein through the novel’s three volumes, I have demonstrated how the narrative structure shifts our perception of the character. While the Frankenstein of the first volume is depicted as having innocent intentions, the second and third volumes—first in the creature’s accusatory voice, and then in his own voice—increasingly undermine him, causing him to appear alternately ridiculous and vindictive. Far from the one-dimensional villain he is often taken to be, the character of Frankenstein is compelling because of the dynamic narrative frame in which he is placed. In this frame, Frankenstein’s narrative self-presentation responds to the images of him we see from others’ perspectives. This conclusion sheds new light on the novel, foregrounding Shelley’s unique layering of narrative perspectives and its importance for the depiction of character.
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And while some people may be able to learn just by reading the theories on how to do something, you learn differently—you need actual examples.
Just like a protester, politician, or superhero, I’m here to lead by example. I’ve put together a list of essay conclusion examples that covers a range of topics and essay formats to serve as a stepping stone for your own writing.
Why Do You Need a Strong Conclusion?
Before I get into the essay conclusion examples, you should know why writing a strong conclusion is so important. Your conclusion isn’t just a summary of what you’ve already written.
True, it’s a little bit about summarizing, but it should take your essay one step further. Your conclusion should answer any unresolved questions and end your essay with a bang!
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Analytical Essay Conclusion Examples
Topic #1: analyze the theme of compassion for one character in the hunger games series..
The obvious choices for compassion in the Hunger Games may be Katniss or Peeta, but the character who personifies compassion best was Prim. Throughout the series, her compassion is seen when she keeps secrets from her mother for Katniss, when she heals Gale after he gets whipped, and through the last act of her life as she rushes to save children in the Capitol. She truly lives Albert Schweitzer’s words, “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”
Topic #2: What caused the Civil War?
The importance of each cause of the American Civil War can be debated, but what is fact is that there were several factors that led the South to secede. Slavery, states’ rights, and the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency—even though no state in the South voted for him—all contributed to the war. While it has been nearly 150 years since the Civil War ended, some of the leftover divide between North and South can still be seen in modern America.
Topic #3: Analyze Facebook’s influence on America’s youth.
Though social media allows young users to connect with people across the world and get instantaneous news about the world around them, it also has come with many complications. From access to inaccurate information to the rise of cyberbullying, the bad can sometimes outweigh the good among younger users. With 73% of young Americans ages 12-17 years old using Facebook, it may be time to devise better rules for promoting responsible use.
Topic #4: Analyze the theme of disguise in The Taming of the Shrew .
The theme of disguise in The Taming of the Shrew is evident from the very beginning. The play within a play lets the reader know that every character is an actor. The main characters—Kate, Bianca, and Petruchio—all disguise their true identities and intentions for the same reason: to get what they want.
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Topic #5: explain how to write an essay conclusion..
Essay conclusions are pretty simple once you know the framework. It all boils down to three main parts: a transition from the last body paragraph, a summary of the thesis statement and main points of the essay, and a closing statement that wraps everything up. If all students knew this simple formula, maybe essay writing would be easier for everyone.
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Topic #6: What is the scientific method?
The scientific method is common sense. First, a person must have a research question he or she wants answered and a little background knowledge on the subject. Then the person forms a hypothesis, or what he or she thinks the answer to the research question is, which the person tests with an experiment. Finally, the person should analyze the data and draw a conclusion. This method can be used both in and out of the scientific realm, testing everything from history to social issues.
Topic #7: What are the causes of homelessness ?
Passing by a homeless person is not uncommon, especially in urban settings. Homelessness can be caused by many factors, including job loss, lack of family support, and the diminishing availability of affordable housing. Although it is easy for some to think that homelessness is caused by mental problems or general laziness, there are other factors to consider. Only when the whole scope of the problem is known can society begin to come up with a comprehensive solution.
Topic #8: What is the main cause of global warming ?
Most scientists agree that global warming is due to the rapid rise of greenhouse gases since the Industrial Revolution. While some may argue that factory farms are the main cause of global warming and others may say it is modern society’s transportation methods, the main cause is clear: mankind.
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Narrative Essay Conclusion Examples
Topic #9: write about what it would be like to be put into the pages of romeo and juliet ..
Being catapulted into the pages of Romeo and Juliet would definitely come with some culture shock. Men would be carrying swords and fighting each other in the street. Girls would be getting married at 13 years old. Had I the knowledge of what would become of the star-crossed lovers, I would have warned Romeo that Juliet’s death was a hoax and to wait until she woke up. This, of course, would make the play quite different, but I would feel that it was my duty after having spent so much time with the characters.
Topic #10: A time machine has taken you back to meet your favorite author ( Edgar Allan Poe in this case). Write about that meeting.
As Edgar and I were discussing the common themes and dark imagery of his works, the waiter interrupted us. I reached for the wine decanter, poured myself a glass, and asked if he would like some.
“No thanks,” he said, laughing grimly. “After all, it might be poisoned.”
Topic #11: Tell about your proudest moment .
Standing up for my little brother made me feel like the character who everyone likes in those after-school sitcoms. I was able to confront the kid who was bullying my little brother without using threats or physical force. In the end, encouraging the two to have an open dialogue brought them closer, and while they may never be best friends, at least they can respect each other.
Topic #12: Write about an event that made you who you are today.
My abuse did not and does not define me, but I would not be the same person had I not gone through it. It took a while and there were setbacks, but I’m a stronger, more compassionate person because of the traumatic events that happened. I hope others never have to go through the same thing I did, but if they do, I hope they can learn from my example and find the help they need to change their situation for the better.
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Topic #13: should hermione have ended up with harry instead of ron in the harry potter series.
Harry may be the main character of the Harry Potter series and J.K. Rowling may have stated recently that even she thinks Hermione and Harry should have ended up together, but the characters are much too similar. They are both natural leaders, which would create a lot of relationship tension. Ron, on the other hand, is the Type B to balance Hermione’s Type A personality. Since Harry ended up with Ron’s sister, Ginny, all three main characters are married into the same family. That certainly would make holiday get-togethers much more entertaining.
Topic #14: Should college education be free?
The amount of student loan debt is an indication that something is definitely wrong with the system. Although universities need an income to survive, getting a college education should still come at no direct cost to the student. Free education would allow for a more educated nation as a whole, it would leave some students with more time to work more on their studies than their jobs, and it could encourage universities to get more creative. If more universities embraced the Pay It Forward model , the United States might become one of the most educated countries in the world.
Topic #15: What is the most important thing high school students should be learning but aren’t?
There are many areas where public high school education could improve, but the most important is financial planning. While some may argue for better nutrition or fitness programs, that information is easily available online and even in commercials—and should actually be taught starting in elementary school. Stronger financial planning curricula would teach high schoolers how to establish credit, how to save for retirement, and how to budget. All of these are important for life in the real world but can be filled with confusing jargon and advertising schemes. With Americans having more than $11 trillion in debt , it is time the younger generation be taught how not to be another statistic.
Topic #16: Should kids get participation trophies ?
Many Baby Boomers believe that participation trophies serve as a symbol of millennials’ sense of entitlement. In reality, the participation trophy does not diminish any sense of competition or drive for improvement. When there are performance-based awards in addition to participation awards, it mirrors the real world where average-performing employees still get paid and well-performing people get bonuses, raises, and promotions.
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Argumentative Essay Conclusion Examples
Topic #17: should nuclear weapons be banned in all countries.
Because of the political tensions between different countries, it is not likely that a worldwide ban on nuclear weapons would be followed by every world leader. It is important that other countries be able to protect themselves from potential attacks with equally strong weapons. However, more limitations on testing and launch authorizations should be enforced to ensure hot-headed leaders do not use or even advertise these dangerous weapons simply as a show of force.
Topic #18: Are pre-employment drug tests an invasion of privacy?
Although companies need to hire capable, dependable employees, they should not be able to dictate what their employees do in the comfort of their own homes. There are better ways of determining whether someone is right for a position, including education, past employment, personal and professional references, and trial periods.
Topic #19: Should prisoners have the right to vote ?
Although some people fear that granting prisoners the right to vote may lead to more relaxed laws surrounding specific crimes, prisoners are part of the American population. A truly democratic process includes everyone’s voices, even those who have made mistakes.
Topic #20: Should parents be allowed to spank their children ?
Spanking has become an outdated and lazy way of punishing children. It teaches them that meeting other people’s bad behavior with violence is acceptable. If children are old enough to understand why they are being spanked, they are old enough to think about their bad behavior logically and understand why it was wrong.
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A Final Word on Final Paragraphs
As you probably noticed given the variety of essay conclusion examples above, there are a lot of ways to end an essay. Generally, there will be a summary, but narrative essays might carry an exception.
These types of essays allow you to be more creative with your conclusion. You should still try to end the essay with a sense of closure even if, as in the case of Topic #8, this means ending on a somewhat ominous note.
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An analytical or analysis essay requires a perfect outline to be written effectively. The design of this essay has three usual parts;. Following is the detailed description of an analytical essay outline. The analytical essay introduction starts using a hook sentence. It engages the readers and encourages them to move forward and read the entire essay. When you know how to write an essay introduction , appealing to the audience becomes more straightforward. A thesis statement is then written at the end of the introduction. It presents the central theme and idea on which the essay will be based.
Writing a strong thesis statement is vital for an impactful article. The main body will have at least three paragraphs, and each of them will start with a topic sentence. Writing a topic sentence will give readers a clearer understanding of the point. Collect supporting evidence and facts to prove your thesis statement in the body of your essay. The number of paragraphs in the main body can be increased according to the chosen topic. The conclusion for an analytical essay will give a strong closure to your essay. Concluding paragraphs are written by restating the thesis statement and summarizing the major supporting points.
Writing an appropriate essay conclusion will persuade the audience strongly. The analytical essay format is usually given in the guidelines your instructor provides. If you are not provided with any instructions, use the basic analytical essay structure to draft your essay. Below is an example of an analytical essay according to the outline. Analytical Essay Example High School PDF. Maybe you have been wondering how to write a good analytical essay? Here are some helpful steps that will help you write a good one. Below are some examples that will help you write a great essay without any difficulty. Analytical Essay Example Introduction PDF. When you write an analytical essay, you have to explain everything about the topic.
You need to analyze every part of it. To make your essay really good, follow these tips:. If you are assigned to write an analytical essay, take help from the above-mentioned examples. Another option is to get assistance from a professional analytical essay writer. The top analytical essay writing service at MyPerfectWords. com can assist you and provide customized written essays and papers for every academic level. We offer the best essay writing service. So, why wait? Hire our essay writer now. Nova Allison is a Digital Content Strategist with over eight years of experience. Nova has also worked as a technical and scientific writer. She is majorly involved in developing and reviewing online content plans that engage and resonate with audiences.
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How to Write a Literary Analysis Essay Outline? According to the basic essay outline, the following are the elements included in drafting an outline for the essay: Introduction Thesis statement Body paragraphs Conclusion A literary analysis essay outline is based on the same elements, as well. The first section is the literary analysis introduction, following which comes to the main body, and a conclusion A detailed description of the literary analysis outline is provided in the following section. Literary Analysis Essay Introduction An introduction section is the first part of the essay.
A literary analysis essay introduction is based on three major elements: Hook Statement: A hook statement is the opening sentence of the introduction. Therefore, each of the three boys reacts to fear in his own unique way. Literary Analysis Essay Body Paragraphs The body of an essay is written to justify and prove the thesis statement made earlier in the introduction. To give structure to the essay, all of the paragraphs in the body section should be written using the following pattern: Topic sentence: A topic sentence is an opening sentence of the paragraph. Transition words that are often used in a literary analysis essay are: Finally Furthermore Later in the story In contrast, etc.
Literary Analysis Essay Conclusion The last section of the essay is the conclusion part where the writer ties all loose ends of the essay together. To write appropriate and correct concluding paragraphs, add the following information: State how your topic is related to the theme of the chosen work State how successfully the author delivered the message According to your perspective, provide a statement on the topic If required, present predictions Connect your conclusion to your introduction by restating the thesis statement.
Next, you need to clearly state your thesis. A thesis statement is essentially the main purpose of your essay. It is one or two sentences that clearly identify the issue you are going to analyze, hints at the claim you are trying to make, and states your opinion if you have one. Coming up with a good thesis statement is one of the biggest challenges of any type of essay writing. A thesis statement clearly states the purpose of your essay in one or two sentences. A good thesis statement gives the reader an understanding of what the essay is about. For analytical essays, a thesis statement presents specifically what you analyzed and the conclusion you drew.
Each body paragraph should present evidence that backs up the claims you make in your thesis statement, so coming up with a clear and specific thesis is vitally important when writing an analytical essay. A thesis statement that is too broad can be difficult to prove in an analytical essay which is why it needs to be specific. Let's take a look at the following thesis statements:. The topics being analyzed are interesting but the thesis statements are too broad to be covered in just one essay. Exactly how the topics will be analyzed are not mentioned, leaving the reader with no idea how you are going to approach the issue. The following are better versions of these thesis statements. These thesis statements analyze the main topics of climate change, video games, and reality television, but they focus on specific elements and include an opinion.
This gives the paper direction and informs the reader exactly what the paper will be about. They further clearly identify the way the topic will be analyzed and can help you present specific evidence in the body paragraphs. In a five paragraph structure, there are three body paragraphs, but in an analytical essay, you might have more. The body paragraphs contain the meat of your essay, the evidence that supports your thesis statement. Each body paragraph should discuss a particular claim or piece of evidence and follows a specific format. The first sentence of your body paragraph should give the reader an idea of the specific issue that the paragraph will talk about.
This topic sentence clearly explains what the paragraph will be about and allows you to provide factual evidence. A good topic sentence helps the reader keep track of and structures the flow of your analysis paper. Imagine having a conversation with a friend about a topic. The main pieces of support you make for your claim are topic sentences. The rest of the body paragraph includes factual information that proves the validity of your topic sentence. Each body paragraph should talk about only one issue, so make sure that the evidence you provide is related only to the specific claim you are making in that paragraph. It can be tempting to provide as much evidence as possible, but analytical papers that are too dense with information can be hard to read and understand, so only mention the most important facts and figures.
End each body paragraph with a brief restatement of the topic sentence, emphasizing how the evidence you've presented backs up the claim. This is a great way of transitioning to the next body paragraph that contains a different piece of evidence and analysis from a different point of view. A one-sentence summary or another kind of transition statement helps the essay flow better and builds a more convincing overall argument. The conclusion of an analysis essay restates all the main points in a concise way. This is not the place to add new information or provide new points of analysis, rather it is a summary of the essay presented in a way to make the main purpose clear.
In general, this is the format of a conclusion paragraph for an analysis paper. If someone can understand the purpose of your paper just by reading the conclusion then you have written a good conclusion paragraph. By restating your thesis at the beginning you reminded the reader of the main purpose of your essay. After going through three body paragraphs this is important so that the reader makes connections between the evidence presented and the thesis statement. Follow this up with a brief summary of the main claims and analysis in each body paragraph. Since you have already presented evidence backing up the claims, rephrase the main topic sentences and put together a convincing argument for your points. Make sure you don't include new evidence or points of analysis in the conclusion because this might confuse the reader.
The conclusion paragraph only recaps and summarizes information. If you have a new point of analysis then add a new body paragraph. Finally, end the conclusion paragraph with some of your own thoughts. Explain why the topic is important, why your perspective adds new information, how your analysis compares to experts in the field, etc. We're here to help. Send us your assignment requirements, choose your personal research paper writer , and watch them write your paper. Before you actually start writing an analytical essay there are several steps you can take to make the process easier.
Home — Essay Types — Analytical Essays. In the novel The Call of the Wild written by Jack London, Buck was stationed as a compelling leading character who undergoes multiple character developments throughout the novel due to nature and nurture. The contemporary world operates in the realms of popular mainstream media where products and services representation is pervasive, manipulative and meant to influence the emotions and…. Most of us would think that in such a different and modern society, we would have our own beliefs and rules towards things.
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The most crucial part of analysis should be done when reading an original text. Most writers usually skip this part by taking a simple glance as they start writing the paper. Yet, in order to achieve success, writer must use constant references from an actual text to support chosen arguments. Turning to classic introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs structure, each claim should be backed up with an evidence. Check analytical essay samples for a better idea! Essay examples. Choose your topic:. Information Science and Technology. Analysis Of The Media Influence On The Identities Of Young Girls words 3 Pages. Feeling stressed about your essay? Starting from 3 hours delivery. Analysis of Cinematography in Moonlight by Barry Jenkins words 4 Pages.
Structural Analysis Of The Movie Moonlight words 3 Pages. What is an analytical essay? An analytical essay provides an analysis of how certain information has been presented or written down. It can be anything from the literary analysis of a certain story to analytical work in relation to scientific materials. The examples of analytical essays may include newspapers, theoretical findings, or specific topics like environmental protection or challenges of modern education. The trick is to find and analyze the author's ideas, providing sufficient argumentation. How to write analytical essays? A typical analysis must explain what methodology has been used by the author, what impact it had, and why it matters for the target audience.
Feel free to check analytical essay examples to learn more about the structure and how various opinions and topics have been incorporated in a concise essay writing. Remember to provide references in your Bibliography, including the primary sources, which are the articles that you analyze. The most popular topics for Analytical Essays American Born Chinese Othello Beyonce William Shakespeare Moonlight Two Kinds Rip Van Winkle Thank You Purple Hibiscus The Hunger Games Trying to Find Chinatown The Great Gatsby Great Expectations Jane Eyre. Got it. We can help you get a better grade and deliver your task on time!
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How to Write a Conclusion for a Literary Analysis Essay
Matt rauscher, 27 jun 2018.
Whether you are writing about a novel, short story, poem or play, the conclusion to your literary analysis essay needs to connect your thesis statement to the end of your essay. Summarizing your points is necessary, but the conclusion needs to synthesize all the different elements of the work you analyzed. Conclusions illustrate the significance of your essay in light of the question you have asked and demonstrate that you have successfully defended your literary argument.
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- Restate the Thesis
- Synthesize Your Details
- Look Forward
- Stay Positive
1 Restate the Thesis
A conclusion in a literature paper should begin with a reiteration of your thesis statement, which is your main argument. Inform the reader how you managed to demonstrate your view. If, for example, you are writing about Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird," your thesis may have been that the main character, Scout, has experiences throughout the novel that give her a more mature point of view by book's end. Summarize for the reader how you examined textual evidence to come to that conclusion, which is realized in your thesis statement and then restated in different language in the conclusion.
2 Synthesize Your Details
Each body paragraph in your essay should have broken down your thesis into subsections that you applied to the narrative, poem or play that you are writing about. The conclusion is where you synthesize the support you developed in the essay and form it into a cohesive statement that demonstrates how well you defended your argument. If Scout in "To Kill A Mockingbird" matured greatly throughout the novel, the conclusion reminds the reader of the way you analyzed the book's events, other critiques and theories throughout each paragraph of your essay.
3 Look Forward
Conclusions should not give a definitive answer to the question your thesis asks. Literary analysis does not stop at one particular point in time, and essays like yours keep a work of literature moving forward. A good conclusion will ask what needs to be done to solve the problem you have identified. If "To Kill A Mockingbird" centers on blatant racial problems with the criminal justice system, you could discuss aspects of that small town controversy that still exist today. Do not introduce completely new ideas, but draw from your thesis statement and connect it to a sense of duty that you have hopefully instilled in your readers.
4 Stay Positive
The tone of the conclusion should be positive and achieve a feeling of completion. You can use other literary techniques, like simile or metaphor, and you can refer to on-point contemporary issues or ideas. Advanced students may refer to aspects of literary theory if you are knowledgeable about it. Overall, if you have a well-defended argument throughout the paper, the conclusion should be as strong as the rest of the essay.
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An analysis essay requires the student to look at a work, idea, situation or event and use his or her critical thinking skills to offer an informed opinion about it. Analysis papers typically focus on how to accomplish a goal such as solving a problem or improving your skill at a sport, but they can also be used to explore the meaning of something through analysis.
This guide will show you how to do an analysis essay fast and score a better grade. If you need professional help in writing an analysis paper, click here to ask your question and hire a professional writer to do your analysis essay fast and secure.
What is an analysis paper?
Define analysis paper: An analysis paper is a type of essay that specifically requires the writer to analyze their subject and then make an insightful statement about it . The best analysis papers will also include facts from their research as well as examples, evidence and details to support their analysis.
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An important part of writing an effective analysis paper is deciding on your thesis statement . A good way to get started is to write a short paragraph identifying the topic and saying what you will be analyzing.
A good analysis essay should begin with an introductory sentence that offers some information about your subject and then moves on to the body of paragraphs offering your analysis, supporting evidence and details. The concluding paragraph brings everything together by restating the thesis statement and providing a brief summary or overview of the points that have been made in the paper.
Analysis essay is not just a piece of writing to show how much you know but also requires writer’s personal insight and stand on the issue. It means that analysis should be based on your own understanding, feelings and experiences if possible or from any reliable sources and references. Analysis papers do not involve just citing some other opinions and arguments but requires student’s own point of view expressed in a well-written way.
Writing an analysis essay that is well written, insightful originally is difficult for students as it requires detailed knowledge and experience on the subject, hard work and deep concentration. There are many information sources dedicated to writing about certain subjects so that you can get some ideas and examples on how to write an excellent analysis essay.
A good way for students to start writing their paper is by reading books and articles, watching movies or listening to music related to the subject they are analyzing. It will give them a better understanding of what they want to say as well as help them with details and examples.
Instruction and reference books related to writing analysis papers are also available on the internet so that students can read them free of charge in their own time.
Analysis essay offers many benefits for students whose goal is improving their academic success. It increases student’s critical thinking skills, teaches how to analyse different issues and topics and improves your ability to write your own original thoughts and opinions.
What does analyze mean in academic writing?
The word “analyze” is most commonly it’s used as a verb, meaning to break something into its component parts in order to better understand it . When you analyze an issue or problem, you examine all of its components and are able to form a judgement on the whole based on comprehensive information.
The purpose of analysis is understanding a situation or object rather than simply observing it. Analysis also means to break something into its components. This can show how a whole system fits together, and it can help us identify the causes of our problems.
The definition of analyze is words or ideas arranged for inspection or consideration in order to discover their meaning or importance; examine closely.
The root of analyze is the Greek word ánalysis, defined as “a breaking up, a dissolving” from ana-, meaning “up,” and lysis, which means “loosen.” The closest synonym for this word would be dissect.
Analysis can mean to carefully study and evaluate something. In psychology, it means observing how someone thinks or acts in order to find out why they behave this way. It can also refer to separating complex matter into its basic parts for examination or analysis. This is usually used when speaking about chemistry or biology.
Analyze : Examines closely; separates into constituent parts; makes an investigation of (something) in order to discover its nature or cause, etc.; employ analysis in determining the chemical composition of a substance.
In analysis essay writing , you make an argument by showing that your view is superior to others’. You can do this in two ways:
- clearly laying out the reasons why you hold your view and supporting it with evidence or examples; and
- carefully explaining the weaknesses of opposing views—their assumptions and evidence—and showing how they are inadequate compared to yours.
Essays are useful tools for examining and analyzing issues, exploring topics, thinking critically about them, and deciding upon a point of view.
This handout will give you some starting points for essays that attempt to analyze what has been said or written by someone else. Analysis involves looking at an issue more deeply than might be done through reading alone. It may result in a complete rethinking of the material or it may simply be an expansion upon, or application of, what is already known.
If you get stuck on your essay or can’t figure out how to organize your thoughts, see our handout for writing an analytical essay .
Still wondering “how do you write an analysis paper”? Let see how to write an analysis as a part of an academic writing exercise.
How to write an analysis paper – step by step guide on how to set up an analysis paper
Now that you have decided to write an analysis paper or a college analysis essay, you might be wondering how to start or where do you begin. There are many different ways on how to start off an analysis essay, but the best approach involves answering a certain number of questions on your topic. Some instructors prefer that you explicitly state these questions in the introduction. However, others require that they be implicit – available for readers to discover within the text of the paper itself.
An analysis essay is centered about an issue being discussed by academic communities and/or societies and it consists of two parts: a presentation of information and discussion about this information with reference to some cognitive tools (for example: statistics ) from professional literature and practical experience. This kind of writing does not tell people what to think about the issue; instead, it invites them to consider what evidence they have, what they already know about the subject and how this evidence compares to other information they might possess.
An analysis paper should approach a topic from different angles of thinking: for example, psychological or sociological perspectives. It is also advisable to use some outside sources in your analysis essay, if you feel that they are appropriate for the particular situation. You can find these resources on the Internet as well as at your school library. You may even want to consult with an instructor when unsure about whether a resource will be considered appropriate by your peers.
The purpose of writing an analysis essay is two-fold: (1) to formulating provisional (provisional) conclusions and/or (2) add new ideas into academic discussions.
Your analysis essay should present a positive statement about your topic and offer an objective summary of the argument. The purpose of analysis papers is to explain why you agree or disagree with a specific point of view on your topic by analyzing three major elements of any argument: claims, evidence, and reasoning.
An analysis essay is a way in which students can demonstrate their understanding of certain texts (articles, books or even lyrics). According to some teachers’ opinions this type of academic writing allows a student to have an opportunity to make his own opinion about the particular subject. This type of academic essay presents the author’s attitude towards material he analyses – whether it is written by someone else or by him-/herself.
For example, while studying different sociological theories of crime, a student can select one theory and show what evidence this theory has to support it; which positive sides and negative sides of this theory exist; how other sociologists who study the same issue respond to that theory.
In real life, writing analysis papers could be related to some professional practice when a manager, for example, needs to make decision about something based on certain information he received from someone else. According to some literature, an analysis essay can develop core critical thinking skills which are very important for professionals in every area.
For example, while studying different approaches toward human personality development you can compare them using argumentation method developed by Aristotle over 2 thousand years ago – counter argumentation.
Counter argumentation is a method of formal argumentation whereby one party (the proponent) makes an assertion and the second party (the opponent) replies, attacking the argument with a counter-claim that invalidates it.
In your analysis essay you can describe both parties’ arguments in detail and then state conclusion what approach to human personality development is more appropriate for nowadays or why there isn’t such thing as “best approach” and why we need both approaches to study acceptable level of human development.
Presenting your ideas using this method will not only help you to formulate solid thesis statement but also will take less time “to do something” than if you would write everything without any plan. It can also help you to expand thinking skills.
In some cases, writing an analysis paper is the only way to show how you can actually understand what you are studying. Some teachers’ opinion is that those students who have difficulties with analyzing information are not going to be able to write research papers or dissertations and therefore they will never get admitted in graduate schools.
And now let’s look at how this type of academic writing is different from other types:
A research paper consists of several facts, observations and arguments which support thesis statement . It differs from a literary review essay because it focuses on original ideas derived from first-hand research, rather than secondary sources such as books or articles. Research papers may contain elements of literature reviews but their main purpose is quite different; however these types of academic papers often have similar organizational and formatting styles.
A dissertation or thesis, on the other hand, is largely based on evidence, research and results of experiments performed by the author or his/her team. It is usually written in such a manner that it can be used to support further research into a particular subject. A dissertation generally contains more technical language than an average essay because its primary purpose is to formally establish a new area of knowledge for future researchers to build upon and learn from.
In fact writing any type of academic paper requires some skills – not only understanding what you are going to write but also ability to accurately express your thoughts using words as well as knowledge of grammar rules so that you would not make any mistakes. At the same time, writing an analysis essay requires different skills than other types of papers. This is a kind of paper where your opinion matters most but at the same time it has to be well-founded and supported by some arguments.
If you are going to write an analysis essay about current events or describe what social problems exists right now in your country consider following advice:
- Find some information on this topic – for example from TV news, internet etc;
- Try to think how someone else can argue against this statement – maybe somebody would say that something completely opposite happens? Think about counter arguments! ;
- After doing that try to formulate your opinion about that topic or issue.
- Find some arguments and facts that would support this opinion. It is better to find more than two arguments because if you choose one strong argument you can easily be attacked with counter-argumentation which might make your whole suggestion look not very good;
- Now it’s time to formulate your thesis statement – do it before writing any further! Try to think how big problem is in fact considered, what are the causes of these problems etc (do remember we’re talking about analysis essay here so try to provide as much information as possible!).
- Start using all gathered resources – maybe some statistics, maybe quotes from TV news or books, maybe opinions of famous people. Just use everything you have to support your opinion and try to be as logical as possible.
- It is very important to provide credentials for each statement you have made. This kind of paper requires different style of writing from other papers because it needs some evidence in order to show that this analysis is not just author’s own point-of-view but actually well-founded claim supported by facts (or at least, strong opinions backed up with some arguments). The majority of students make a mistake when they simply add “I think” or “some researchers believe” into their sentences – this essay does not need these phrases. You have to substantiate your claims! If there are no proofs provided all readers will assume primary source;
- Make sure to cite all sources of information you have used otherwise the readers will mark your paper as plagiarism. However if in most cases this type of essay is rather similar to research papers there are some differences between them. Having some experience in writing analysis essays I want to say that these two types of papers differ not only according to their formatting style but also due to analysis essay outline structure!
References: Analysis Paper Writing Sources
Here are some of the best resources that you can use together with this guide to write a good analysis paper for college writing assignments.
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Good analysis essay structure – analysis paper format example
If we take a look at typical format for writing college/university analytical paper it would be the following:
In order to write a good analysis essay following steps should be fulfilled:
- Introduction – here you need to formulate thesis statement, provide some background information, main idea and provide objective for the essay.
- Body paragraphs – each body paragraph represents different argument or idea that supports your essay thesis statement . Each paragraph should have its own topic sentence and a few sentences with explanations and reasons why these arguments are relevant to the main idea of this paper. It is not necessary to write introduction for every single paragraph but it would be wise if you do because then readers will understand where your author’s thoughts go; Remember, stick to the topic sentence! It is often considered as a mistake when in fact it is not so! For example consider following passage: “A lot of people think that smoking can cause lung cancer but other scientists say that besides genetic predisposition there are no further factors contributing to tumor formation.” First thing first, this is not a very good example of “paragraph” discussion because there is only one sentence that talks about the paragraph topic and this sentence, besides having no logical connection to the previous passage, has nothing to do with the essay topic . This sentence had been written as an addition which is why we consider it to be an extra part in the text;
- Conclusion – here you should sum up all your thoughts and draw some final conclusions. You can also make recommendation what should happen next or how things could be improved. And that would be all! If you need any further help on writing analysis essay ordered by experts just contact us and we’ll try our best to fulfill your needs!
That is a simple analysis paper format example, another example will be shared below with the appropriate links to analytical essay outline and analytical essay examples .
Analysis essay introduction: how to write an introduction for an analysis paper
If you are a student in high school, college or university writing your first analysis essay is something that may be quite confusing for you.
As an academic analysis paper is bit different than other ones and requires some practical experience of working with it.
It would be good if our service helps you to avoid some mistakes while learning how to write an introduction for an analysis essay.
Here I’m going to suggest several rules which will help you to compose an outstanding introduction for your analysis paper;
- Determining the purpose of this type of paper – when students learn how to write an introduction for study analysis essay they often make mistake by trying to look at it as another regular term paper. Well, it’s not! The main difference between any term paper and essay lies in the purpose of writing them. Analysis paper has one goal – analysis of qualitative or quantitative data. The main purpose of analysis papers is to find out some conclusion based on this analysis. That’s why this type of essay requires an introduction which will provide the reader with enough information about what kind of research were used, the way you came to your conclusions and last but not least additional information about how reliable those conclusions are;
- Providing enough background for your topic – in order to write a good analytical introduction it would be wise if you describe as many sources as possible. For example if you have already read multiple books concerning the same subject or if there are several researches published online that could shed some light on your topic, then it would be good if you mentioned them right from the beginning;
- Showing how this research can be useful – analysis essay is different than any other type of essay i.e. compare & contrast essay , narrative essay , reaction paper , and others. In most cases when students write their analysis papers they want to find out some conclusion based on the analysis which will help them or someone else in making better decisions in future;
- Introducing an overall idea of your research – when you work on your analysis essay introduction make sure to include all of the above mentioned information.
Analysis essay structure – How to format an analysis paper outline
At this stage we recommend using some kind of outline as it will help you to keep everything in its proper place while writing an analysis essay. Here is a basis structure of an analysis essay paper.
Please note that this analysis paper outline might be different from your professor’s.
Make sure you follow your teacher’s guide for a higher mark. This is an example analysis paper outline:
- Introduction – It is the essay introduction where where you sum up all your thoughts and come to a conclusion what are the key points that must be discussed later;
- Materials & Methods – these lines are required when doing experimental researches, whereas for other types of research such as descriptive or explanatory you may skip this part;
- Results – any type of research requires results which must be described in one section only! Don’t mix data with conclusions drawn from them otherwise it will not only confuse your reader but it may also lower the value of your work;
- Discussion – this is the place where you describe why you come to those conclusions or what could be done better. It’s recommended that you should use some kind of outline to prevent rambling, leaving some points out and keeping everything ordered and clear for your reader;
- Conclusion – don’t forget to leave a short essay conclusion here where you tell about main key ideas mentioned earlier in your analysis essay.
Conclusion: how to write an analysis essay conclusion
Students often have problems with how to end their essays. Here you will find some useful tips on how to finish writing an analysis paper:
- Make sure that your conclusions are supported by the information provided earlier in the introduction;
- Try to avoid using phrases or sentences which repeat what is already said;
- Use attractive and expressive words when concluding your essay, e.g. “in my opinion” or “on the other hand” etc.;
- Never leave out a short conclusion as it’s always good if a reader can read one final paragraph before he puts down your paper for ever;
If you want to write efficient analysis essay then follow our step-by-step instructions mentioned above! They will help you to not only finish your paper but also write a well-structured work with clear argumentation and nice flow of ideas.
Don’t forget that it’s quite easy to get stuck on any stage from writing an introduction to conclusion.
If you’re unable to figure out what is going wrong or how to make your essay better simply use our instructions above which are based on years of experience in writing analysis essays for college students!
Essay Writing Tips: How to write an issue analysis essay
If you have been asked to write an issue analysis essay, then you may find it hard to plan and write your paper. Therefore, if you want to understand how to do a good analysis essay, here are several essay writing tips that will help you:
Step 1 – Plan first what type of issue analysis essay you will need
First of all, create an outline for your paper. You should have strong introduction followed by paragraphs that discuss the topic at hand. If you don’t know how to start your paper or where to begin from, then there is nothing strange about it because many students face such problem when writing a new kind of work. But if you still can’t cope with creating new ideas or putting them into words, make use of our assistance! Click here to place your order there !
Step 2 – Use a lot of support examples
It is one thing to know the subject. However, it is quite another to understand what you will be writing about in your issue analysis essay. It means that if you want to write an ideal paper, you have to take some time thinking how all information in your head can be used properly . You may ask yourself questions such as: “What other example from my life or reading could illustrate this point?” Example will show that through case study/s we can easily see what happens when something goes wrong. Or also, as well as showing what could happen if things go right with an idea or method. And so on. This shows the reader how relevant the topic is to their own life/ studies.
Step 3 – Be persuasive, and try not to get bogged down by the details
If you want your issue analysis essay to be perfect, then it has to convince your reader that the side you are taking in the argument is right and correct . You can do it depending on what kind of paper you have been assigned with. For example, for a persuasive essay, provide facts and statistics to back up every assertion made in the body paragraphs. This will allow readers to see that your ideas logically follow from each other as well as supporting each other . If you were asked for analytical paper instead – just look deeper into an issue using different kinds of sources such as books, journals or interviews. And don’t forget to use direct quotes and statistics if you can.
Step 4 – Use examples that will support your point of view, but without sounding biased
People who are not familiar with the topic may find it hard to understand what a particular example is trying to prove and why would they need to understand with all details of an issue. Avoid using general statements like “This problem is terrible” or “All students must know better.” Such phrases don’t help much in writing a good paper . Although there are those who do it on purpose, this won’t get you far in academic writing either. If you want your issue analysis essay to be perfect, then it has to convince your reader that the side you are taking in the argument is right and correct. You can do it depending on what kind of paper you have been assigned with.
Step 5 – Try not to overdo your issue analysis essay
Your reader may get confused when you include too much information in one paragraph or even a paper. So if you want to learn how to write an issue analysis essay, then don’t try to put everything that comes into your mind! Make sure to make all the important points connected so there are no holes in the argumentation. If necessary, use sub-headings, bullet point lists or bolded phrases to help readers distinguish between different points more clearly. The result should be an easy-to-follow and understand essay that will impress the grader.
Step 6 – Use sources to support your arguments
If you want to write a good issue analysis essay, then do not forget about referencing your sources correctly at the end of the paper. If there is no need in citation, don’t use it . This shows the reader how relevant the topic is to their own life/ studies. You should include quotes from “academic” books, journals or reputable newspapers if possible. And remember: always try to cite everything properly so it won’t be hard for anyone check what exactly you said and where you got this information from! If necessary, use sub-headings, bullet point lists or bolded phrases to help readers distinguish between different points more clearly.
Step 7 – Proofread your issue analysis essay and ask a trusted friend to proofread it as well
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Analytical Essay Writing - An Ultimate Guide
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Writing an analytical essay is different from writing a regular academic essay. This essay type highly depends on critical analysis and a thorough understanding of the topic at hand.
Read below to know everything about writing your essay successfully.
What Is an Analytical Essay?
An analytical essay is a writing piece in which a writer’s perspective and analysis of the chosen work is done. This essay requires observing things through a critical lens. It can take any form, including a piece of art or nonfiction writing.
This essay can be written for a movie, a video, a written piece of work, or a concept, issue, or idea. The writer presents a point of view based on the evidence from the text and personal research.
An analytical essay is subjective and based on facts and information related to the chosen topic. The ultimate goal of any analytical essay is to explore the subject matter in detail. It also highlights the gaps in research and available data on the issue.
Students usually get this type of essay as their academic assignment in both high school and college. For this purpose, it is essential to learn how a professional analytical essay is drafted.
Analytical Essay Outline
An analytical essay outline is the very first thing that you should consider when writing this kind of essay. It is usually between 500 and 1,000 words and it could be written following the usual five paragraph structure.
Here is a typical analytical essay outline structure;
An analytical essay introduction is the first section of an essay. In this section, the topic is introduced to the readers. It is essential to make your introductory paragraphs engaging to grab the reader’s attention.
Choose a catchy hook statement and avoid summarizing the prompt in this section. A catchy hook statement can be a fact, question, or a general idea. A good hook statement could be,
“Terrorism is one of the biggest problems we face in the 21st century.”
The hook statement here is the fact that nobody can deny. Also, the readers will be intrigued to know your reasons for making that statement.
Next, put forward your stance or thesis statement at the end of your introduction after giving background information. For background information, state how laws have been dealing with terrorism and how people have to pay its price.
As the introduction sets the stage for further information, make it compelling. Writing an exciting introduction will motivate the readers to read the entire essay.
The body section of an analytical essay gives a detailed explanation of the text. The body paragraphs are based on the following elements:
- A topic sentence
A topic sentence is an opening sentence of a paragraph. This sentence states the main point that the section is talking about. Writing a topic sentence provides a structure to the body of the essay.
For example, the first evidence to support your topic can be how freedom of free movement has been violated. This paragraph can say something like:
“In developed countries, if an individual is suspected of any criminal activity, they can be detained without explanation.”
This will give your audience an idea of what the point is to be discussed in that particular paragraph.
After stating a topic sentence, provide analyzed information. This information is the claim or argument about the point made in the topic sentence. For example, talk about the physical restrictions enforced on a suspect. Also, discuss the penalties laid on the suspect of terrorism in terms of physical movement.
In the end, each analysis provided is supported by the evidence. Together, all the sub-arguments support the main thesis statement of the essay. The harmony of the paragraphs is maintained by using linking words in the sections.
These transition words are used to bring a smooth and logical flow in the content.
Paraphrasing And Quoting
When supporting your claim in the body paragraphs, a writer often uses the original text’s exact lines. This is known as quoting. It is suitable for the writer when he wants to use the author’s precise wordings to support his argument.
But it is vital to make sure that this quoting is done correctly depending on the writing format. For example, if you are using an APA, MLA, or Chicago style in formatting your essay, quote accordingly.
Paraphrasing is when a writer uses his words to summarize the author’s sentences in the text. The gist of the information remains the same while the writer changes wordings. Both paraphrasing and quoting are essential to make the body of your essay convincing.
All of the paragraphs in the body should gradually lead the audience to the analytical essay conclusion. Concluding paragraphs are written to remind the audience how you supported the main argument.
A conclusion sometimes asks for a broader connection to the world at the end of the essay. While writing a conclusion , the writer summarizes the significant points that justify his stance.
For example, a reasonable conclusion of an analytical essay will be:
“Though I have mentioned only a few civil rights that are most commonly violated, there are many others. To give up freedom for security is not a fair trade. There are surely better ways to fight and prevent terrorism. It is not worth it to cede your liberty in the fight against terrorism.”
The conclusion is precise and reflects the whole discussion made in the body section. Keep in mind that the conclusion’s length is the same as the length of the introduction section.
How To Write An Analytical Essay?
Once you have taken all the necessary pre-writing steps, start writing your analytical essay. Use the following writing procedure to structure your analytical essay.
When reading a piece of writing or work, the title is the first thing that a reader comes across. So it should be exciting and appealing to the audience.
While deciding on a topic, the following things should be kept in mind:
- The topic should entice the reader to read your essay.
- It should be unique enough to grab the audience’s attention.
- And provide an adequate explanation of the content.
For example, you decide on writing an analytical paper on “Is It Worth Giving Up Freedom To Defeat Terrorism?” . Think of possible ways in which you can make your topic interesting and relatable for the audience.
Your essay topic should be direct and straightforward. For example, “Stop Terrorism.” It is simple yet enticing for the audience.
The objective of an analytical essay topic is identified by breaking the subject into parts. Each part is then studied in detail, and evidence is provided that supports your argument.
In our example topic above, the writer’s objective can be to analyze how terrorism has affected the right to freedom. And Is it even justified? And why should terrorism stop?
Brainstorming ideas for your topic will help you identify a stance you can take on the issue. Think of points and ideas from different angles and choose the best perspective.
You can always get help from other external sources. Research the topic and find patterns and ideas that will support your stance. These pieces of information are often essential and help in forming an excellent thesis statement.
Think of ideas in which you can explain your topic and purpose the best. For the topic “Stop Terrorism,” study real-life examples and other writers’ work to support your case.
A thesis statement is a primary stance or claim on the topic by the writer. This statement takes a sentence or two at the end of the introduction section of an essay. Make sure that the written thesis statement is arguable and is supporting one side of the argument.
Writing a strong thesis statement is essential for an analytical essay. A good thesis statement can be: “Whatever the cost of terrorism, freedom seems like too high a price to pay.”
In order to support your thesis statement, gather facts and evidence. Analytical essay works on both primary and secondary sources of information.
When researching the topic under study, you will see how people have to compromise freedom of speech, privacy, and free movement. Choose this information to discuss in your essay to support your point.
An outline of an essay provides shape and structure to the content. The basic information is divided among different sections of the outline to give meaning to the essay. An analytical essay uses a basic essay outline. This outline consists of 5 paragraphs;
- Body paragraph 1
- Body paragraph 2
- Body paragraph 3
Analytical Essay Outline Worksheet
Always proofread your essay before submitting it. Check for mistakes and errors by revising your essay. See if the grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, tone, quoting, spellings, and syntax are correct or not.
Analytical Essay Examples
Students always look for examples to guide them in drafting their essays. These analytical essay examples will help you write an impressive essay.
Analytical Essay Example
Analytical Essay Sample
Once you have taken all the necessary pre-writing steps, start writing your analytical essay. Use the following writing procedure to structure your analytical essay.
1. How to Write an Introduction for an Analytical Essay
“Terrorism is one of the biggest problems we face in the 21st century.”
2. How to Write an Analytical Essay Body Paragraph
“In developed countries, if an individual is suspected of any criminal activity, they can be detained without explanation.”.
After stating a topic sentence, provide analyzed information. This information is the claim or argument about the point made in the topic sentence. For example, talk about the physical restrictions enforced on a suspect. Also, discuss the penalties laid on the suspect of terrorism in terms of physical movement.
3. How to Write an Analytical Essay Conclusion
All of the paragraphs in the body should gradually lead the audience to the analytical essay conclusion. Concluding paragraphs are written to remind the audience how you supported the main argument.
Analytical Essay Topics
Analysis essays topics should be engaging for the readers, but coming up with the right topic can be quite challenging.
Below are some excellent analytical essay topics presented by experts to help you draft your essay:
- How to promote gender equality?
- Does physical appearance affect a person’s professional life?
- Is digital life a dream came true for us?
- How does street art highlight the good and bads of our society?
- Is the trend of doping increasing in sports?
Analytical Topics about Psychology
- How does personality affect the way we interact with others?
- How do different psychological theories explain human behavior?
- What is the role of emotions in human behavior?
- What are the different types of mental disorders and how do they impact our lives?
- What are the causes of addiction and how can it be treated?
- How do our childhood experiences shape our adult lives?
- How does stress impact our physical and mental health?
- What are the different methods of therapy used to treat psychological disorders?
- What is the role of genetics in mental disorders?
- How does the brain influence our behavior?
Analytical Topics about Pop Culture
- How does pop culture affect society?
- How has pop culture evolved over time?
- What are the most popular aspects of pop culture?
- How does pop culture influence our behavior?
- What are the negative effects of pop culture?
- Is pop culture a positive or negative influence on young people?
- How does the media play a role in shaping pop culture?
- What are some of the most controversial aspects of pop culture?
- What is the future of pop culture?
- How can we use pop culture to create positive social change?
Analytical Topics about Art and History
- Elements of design in ancient Greek art.
- The influence of Roman architecture on modern-day architecture.
- The development of perspective in Renaissance art.
- Impressionism VS Post-Impressionism: A Comparative Analysis.
- 20th-century movements in art history.
- The meaning of color in different cultures throughout history.
- Iconography in medieval art.
- Analyzing specific pieces of art through a feminist lens.
- Deconstructing the male gaze in works of art.
- A critical analysis of popular portraiture throughout history.
Tips For Writing An Analytical Essay
Below are some useful tips provided by MyPerfectWords.com that you can follow to write an analysis essay professionally:
- Planning your work is mandatory to write an analysis paper. The planning will help you create a checklist for your essay. Also, it will keep you on track the whole time.
- Use present tense to draft your analytical essay.
- Use an objective tone to discuss ideas and points.
- Avoid using casual or informal language in your essay.
- Do not use abbreviations in the text while writing your analytical essay.
- Choose a unique and compelling topic. The text’s title should not be used as an essay topic.
- Analyze the story and discuss it rather than retelling the story.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of an analytical essay.
The purpose of writing an analytical essay is to explain, analyze, and make connections between ideas. Rather than summarizing the input like a traditional paper would do, it focuses on analyzing texts through critical thinking with literary works as examples for this process.
Does an analytical essay need a title?
Yes, analytical essays should have an interesting title for the readers to know what the essay is about. Do not use the title of your literary work as your essay's title.
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