How to Write an Analysis Essay

The first thing you should know about analysis paper is the argument. To learn how to write an analysis essay you should know how to deal with the simple argument. The second thing is thesis. It is the core of the argument you are going to deal with. It should be a claim stated just in one sentence. What do you want (and should) to argue about? Try to certain your way.

How to Write an Analysis Essay

Your main idea should not be clearly understandable to the common reader or to those people who never read the book you are talking about. Your argument should be specific and unique. Remember, this is your essay and your interpretation. All you need is to know how to interpret it and how to write analysis paper. Your text should supported by different points from the original book.

So, the next step in learning how to write an analysis essay is thesis building. This thing should always be on your mind while writing your essay. You should consider some reasonable and arguable point of view. It should not be obvious. If it is, it won’t have an argument you need to create right analysis paper. The right analysis is the process of separating parts of an argument and explaining them. To help yourself, you can ask yourself about what is the opposite side of your argument.

Tips to find good arguing point

  • You should look for something special in the text. Identify metaphors and images of the author. The entire pattern should be identified, actually. You should explain the pattern for your reader to help him to understand the book.
  • Identify all the ideas and goals (philosophical, moral, ethical) that the author describes in the text.
  • You should explain the function mechanism of the text you are writing about. Describe the methods and actions that the author used to convince his reader.
  • Try to find something special in the text, something that the reader may not notice and take it for granted.
  • Identify all the characters in the book and describe their features and roles. Describe how they were presented in the text by the author.

Structure tips

Try to understand what parts are in the book you are writing about. What is the purpose for the each part? Understand why the author used his special methods for the each part; what were his goal and tactics. What effect do these parts make on the reader?

You should divide the whole text into sections. Try to group them by the meaning, role and other relations. So, first, you need to identify these relations between each group.

Remember the importance of the text referring. It should be in order of that can support your argument. It is a must for every kind of analytic papers. You should do the quotations that support your argument and demonstrate its purpose. Don’t use paraphrase too often, because it is weaker than simple quotation, actually. Your task is not to simply paraphrase the text or do the repeating of it. You should make your own argument basing on the author’s words.

Try to use some phrases and sentences in your language that the author uses. Don’t forget about the main and most interesting metaphors.

Practical hints

  • You should work really well with your title. It will put the reader in a good mood right before reading.
  • You should be clear about the text you are writing and about its form.
  • There should be two drafts of your paper. It is the minimum, actually.
  • Forget about the “I” word for your final draft.
  • You should be brief. Your paragraphs should be one page long. That is really enough.
  • But, at the same time, one paragraph should be longer that just four-five lines. If it is too short, you should try to develop your ideas.
  • You should do one quotation per paragraph. Don’t be afraid to use quotations too often. Quotation can, also, save you from the mistake of going too far from the main text.
  • Your sentences should be directive and give the idea of the whole paragraph.
  • Your transitions between paragraphs should be correct. Avoid such common forms like: “the next thing”, “another thing” and “first of all.”
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