How to Write an Analytical Essay

Writing an essay is all about organizing your thoughts. An analytical essay is an essay that presents factual information about an objective topic, such as when comparing main ideas between 2 topics. Here’s how to put together your ideas into a coherent analytical essay.

In the first paragraph, the introduction, begin with something to capture the readers’ attention while giving a preview of what’s to come. Hook the reader in.

Plot out what you want to write. Each main sub-topic will be included in the paragraphs following your introduction.

Write a topic sentence (main idea) for each paragraph. Then explain your main idea with details, facts, examples, and other supporting evidence; maybe throw in a quote that will help to explain it in better detail.

Back up your ideas with examples. If you’re writing a descriptive essay, consider a personal example. Otherwise, find an objective example to support your analysis.

Follow these procedures for each paragraph that you need to write.State your conclusion. Restate your main point and leave the readers thinking. Make your conclusion brief and to the point that anyone could read. Include no new information in your conclusion.

Follow these procedures for each paragraph that you need to write.

State your conclusion. Restate your main point and leave the readers thinking. Make your conclusion brief and to the point that anyone could read. Include no new information in your conclusion

TIPS

  • Beginnings and endings are good places to use quotes, metaphors, and repetition, for effect, because introductions and conclusions should not have any details or in-depth analysis; that is what your body paragraphs are there for.
  • 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.
  • Ask yourself “What am I trying to prove?” The answer should be in your thesis. If not, go back and fix it.
  • Avoid making your essay tacky by using quotations improperly. Remember that you want to incorporate others’ ideas, as support for your own point, but not so much that you have written none of the essay yourself.
  • Don’t try to add useless sentences to make an analytical essay longer; it is better to leave it short and to the point. Make each sentence count.

 

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