A critical analysis paper is designed to examine a piece of work or article that has been written by someone else and the goal is to determine how effectively they present their point or argument. It is one of the most difficult pieces because many students don’t understand how to handle this type of assignment. However, by following this advice, you will be able to write your paper like a real critic.
- Read the Piece a Few Times
Read the text you need to write a critical analysis on a few times. While you are reading, be sure to try and answer several questions. You can make some notes on the answers to make sure that you can effectively analyze the piece.
– What is the artist arguing for or against? Analyze the writer’s thesis statement.
– Decide the context of the argument. Why is the author arguing for the point?
– Decide if they have provided a solution to the problem they are discussing. Is the solution plausible?
- Jot down the Supporting Evidence for the Main Points
Has the author utilized the information to support their main point or points?
- Determine the Author’s Appeal to the Reader
How does the author appeal to the reader to persuade them to believe in their point? Do they appeal to emotion (pathos)? How about to their logic or reason (logos)? Or their credibility (ethos)?
- Draw the Line
Do any questions arise when you are reading the piece or have all of the questions been effectively answered?