How to write an analytical essay

Begin with an introduction in which you present the text that you are going to analyze and its overall theme. A simple way is to name its author and title and then add a thematic statement such as this, “Miguel Syjuco’s short story ’Be Here Now’ from 2010 is about a photo journalist who is trying to find his feet in a relationship after having been abroad”.

And why not pose an interesting question that relates to the text? Then you may give a more focused thesis statement, which is a couple of sentences that describe your particular take on the text, explaining in what direction your will essay go. End your introduction by presenting your essay further, i.e. by naming the specific focal points that you are going to investigate.

The Three-Part Essay

A standard essay consists of three constituent parts—the introduction, the body, and the conclusion.

The Introductory Paragraph

Our thesis sentence—the essay’s primary claim—should be the last sentence of the introductory paragraph. Since we already have our thesis sentence—it was created when we created our outline—we can simply place it at the end of the introductory paragraph.

While constructing our introductory paragraph, we might want to use one of the following approaches: background knowledge; a rhetorical question; a quotation; a topic of current interest; a contradictory, shocking, controversial, or minority opinion.

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