So many students each year take to the internet or to their friends and colleagues to ask how to write an analytical essay. Why is it that so many students are finding it so hard? What makes an analytical essay the one thing that is stopping people in their tracks?
Well, an analytical essay is any essay that uses its word count to analyze something heavily. That means that whether it’s about a movie, a book, an event in history, whatever it may be. It’s being put under the microscope and the aspects of it are being put through its paces to see what happens when they are pushed and tested a little bit.
You might have a class of students analyzing a particular shot from a movie if it is a film class. Or you may have students analyzing France’s strategies during World War 2 in the hopes to conclude whether or not they made the right decisions. This is where people start to struggle, when they realize that do successfully write an analytical essay, one must make large and bold statements about their stimulus.
Those statements shouldn’t be too hard once you have justified them, yet it is that stage that people must overcome. From a surface level view, analytical essays may seem extremely challenging. But when picked apart, we can understand that the way to write it is based in routine and clear, concise language, just like any other essay you have come up against.
All the same, we are here to help those that really can’t find their feet in their analytical essay. It’s time to push forward with it, and what better way to do that than to read through these tips and get on with it!
Know who/what you are critiquing
It’s no good reading up on a person or an event at the very last minute in order to critique them. That’s like turning up late to a football match and criticizing one teams playing ability, if you weren’t there for the whole game then how do you know how they’ve been doing the whole time? This is why, when writing an analytical essay one must familiarize themselves with the stimulus to the point where they feel confident in writing about it.
The more and more you read about something, the more questions you will have about it, the more and more you will start to understand the intricacies of it and be able to make statements and suggestions in terms of the event/person/artist.
When you write like this, it will become apparent to your examiner that you have really understood the subject matter and that you are able to interact with it analytically. This is obviously extremely important, as that is the basis of the essay you are writing.
Don’t start reading up on something looking for flaws and holes everywhere, just read up on it and slowly the chinks in the armor of that authors writing, or that filmmakers shooting will start to appear.
Don’t be afraid to make bold statements
It may seem like a very intimidating prospect to have to interact with an artist or a person and make bold statements based on their work or actions. But this is all part of what an analytical essay is about. And you can’t be afraid to make those bold statements once in a while.
So how do you stop yourself from panicking about it?
Well it’s very simple! You justify your claim, provide a sufficient amount of evidence that pertains to that claim and then you conclude your statement. Take it to someone who knows of the artist or event you’re talking about and get them to read through it. If they can see where you are coming from and see that the statement you have made is justifiable they will let you know.
That way you know that your bold statement isn’t absolutely ridiculous after all. And it is these sorts of bold statements that indicate to examiners that you know what you are talking about.
Analytical essays should be no more feared than any other essay. When you see the subject, word count and everything else, it is very easy to start shaking a bit and wonder what you are going to do about it. But all you need to do is hammer out a routine that is based in justifying claims and backing up things with evidence, and you’ll find it’s not so hard after all!