Analytical WritingWhat is it?
In an analytical essay, writers form and convey their ideas concerning a particular topic based on careful use and analysis of evidence. Below are some common types of analytical essays written in English classes:
· Close Reading: Analyze literary/rhetorical devices, style, and tone used by an author to achieve his or her purpose/theme.
· Compare and Contrast: Compare and/or contrast two passages or two different texts for style, purpose, or tone.
· Theoretical: Analyze a text in relation to literary theory, cultural movement, and history.
Why Write Analytical Essays?
An analytical essay is an effective way of communicating critical thought about a variety of subjects. It develops and demonstrates important skills such as close reading, analysis, comparison and contrast, persuasion, conciseness, clarity, and exposition.