Critical Analysis Essay [Example, Outline, Tips]


Writing a critical analysis can be very confusing if you don’t know what you’re doing. You might not even know what “critical analysis”
even means. That’s why, in this video, our experienced
writers here at EssayPro have outlined an in-depth explanation of what critical analysis is and why you’re better off knowing how to do it. At the end of the video I’ll give you
tips to speed up your writing process. Let’s get started. What Is a Critical Analysis? Why do you have to write one? Critical analysis is when you analyze:
• an argument; • a modern or historical event; 
• a source of entertainment or information like music, a book, or a film; 
• social and political issues; and so on, and so forth. Basically, you take something like a book,
and dig deep into what the author means to say, and how they present it. Critical analysis is also known as a “critique”. Like, what was the whole point of George Orwell’s
1984? The answer is why Totalitarianism
is a bad thing. A critical analysis is a subjective observation
and evaluation of a piece of work. This means that you have to write with
all the knowledge you have, even if there’s information out there that could contradict your position. In other words, it’s an opinion; not an
expert’s point of view. Next up: how to write a critical analysis
essay. But, before we continue to the writing part,
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name below this video. Let’s get down to writing: Before you begin, make sure to read the work
critically To do this, you have to understand the purpose
and thesis of the author’s work – that is, the main ideas in his or her writing. Also, make sure you’re able to summarize
the work. Coming back to the example of George Orwell’s
1984… The thesis of his work is that Totalitarianism
is a bad thing. Once you have that covered, you can start
on your critical analysis writing. Here are the steps you should take to write
your Critical Analysis Essay: Step 1. In your introductory paragraph or portion
of your critical analysis, start with the Background Information: Give the reader some
context; help them understand the core idea, or theme of the work. Make sure to mention:
• The Title • The Author
• The Publication information • What you believe the topic and/or purpose
of the work to be After giving the reader some context, don’t
forget to include a Thesis statement at the end of your introductory paragraph. Your thesis
statement is a condensed summary,  or general impression of the work — and all of this should
fit into 1 sentence (2 max.). Let’s take a look at an example: Your thesis statement can be summarized in
the very first sentence of your introduction: That is: The dystopian novel 1984 by George Orwell
is a look into the impact of Totalitarianism on the human mind. [Keynote: Totalitarianism is when you love
what the dictator says.] You can continue with: Published in the United Kingdom, in 1949,
Orwell’s novel explores the protagonist Winston Smith’s dreary existence in Oceania,
in the province of “Airstrip One” which was once called Great Britain. The purpose of the novel was to show the reader
the psychological struggle of living in a dictatorship that paralleled what it was like
to live under the National Socialism of Nazi Germany and the National Bolshevism of the USSR. Step 2. Moving on from your introductory section,
you now need to include a Summary to demonstrate your understanding of the source material. In this section, we recommend trying to be
objective in your description, instead of leaving your impressions. That comes next. Step 3. Your Critical Analysis (Interpretation and
Evaluation): This is where you finally present your analysis of the work based on your reading
and critical evaluation. Here are some things you can discuss:
• How the source is organized; • The style and rhetoric of the source;
• How Effective the message is; • How the topic was treated; was the writer
biased or did he do it justice? And 
• How the source appealed to its target audience. To continue with Orwell’s 1984, let’s
look at that last one: how it appealed to its target audience. Frankly, it’s everywhere. The book’s name is now a synonym for government
tyranny. Anytime something happens in the news that
deals with creepy laws on surveillance of the population, someone always brings up 1984. The target audience was originally the general
adult population entering the decade of the 1950s. The point was to warn them about giving in
to dictatorships that wanted them to submit to Fascism. George Orwell’s goal, to teach people the
horrors of political cults, continues to be accomplished as high school students all throughout
the United States and beyond read this as part of their curriculum. Two things to keep in mind:
When writing this essay, avoid saying things like: “I think”, or “in my opinion,”
because not only do we already know the whole essay is your opinion, saying this sort of
thing naturally makes your opinion seem unsure. If you quote or paraphrase the author’s
work, don’t forget to properly cite it. Step 4. Your Conclusion: Paraphrase your thesis;
summarize your main ideas with new and stronger words; and include a call to action for your
reader (a positive or negative recommendation). At the end of your essay, you should write
something to convince your reader that the source you wrote about has something practical
to say. For instance, that we should do everything
we can to prevent us from slipping into a world like that in 1984. If you master structuring your thoughts in
this way, this skill will transfer over to how you defend your point of view, and this
is a necessary skill to have when interacting with people. So let’s recap: A critical analysis essay is when you show
that you understand what the author was trying to say. You do this by giving your opinion on what
the core message is, and pointing out the evidence in the text to back it up. To write it, you use the following steps: I. Start with background information
Who wrote it and where What you believe the author was trying to
say II. Summarize the text in your own words III. Interpret and evaluate the text based on:
How the text is organized The style and rhetoric
How effective the message is Whether or not the author did justice to the
message (e.g. was it objective?) How the text appealed to its target audience. IV. Conclusion And, as promised, here are some Top Tips to
Save You Time: Always simplify your language and thoughts. Do not try to impress anyone with your thesaurus. You’re being graded for your ideas, not
your advanced vocabulary. Explain everything. Within reason, don’t leave big ideas hanging
without an explanation. The introduction and thesis statement can
be produced later. Focus on the facts first, and then determine
what message they’re all pointing to. Get a friend to help you proofread your work. Always seek a second pair of eyes for your
work. Too often, people are blind to their own errors,
so getting someone else to check your work is really, really important. Remember to Avoid being vague. Be brave and confident in your point of view
to be direct with what you have to say. And of course:
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