An analytic essay is built on the basis of an argument drawn from critical examination and personal interpretation. The writer is expected to identify and inquire both the implicit and explicit requirements of the essay brief (Clarke 153). Supporting evidence is required to validate points as well the acknowledgement of motivating ideas and meanings behind the work. Analytic essays have a narrowed focus as they always have to tie back to the argument, all claims need to be supported with strong evidence and need to have a clear thesis statement. The analytic essay’s purpose is to question “How?” rather than summarise, unlike persuasive or personal response essays.
A general 3 part essay structure can be applied; introduction, main body, and conclusion. Appropriate research and drafting should be carried out after conducting an essay brief breakdown. A good approach includes “A Hook” to draw readers in, followed by the topic sentence supported with evidence. It is vital all information and points made tie back to the thesis.
Clarke, Michael. “the Essay.” Verbalising the Visual: Translating Art and Design into Words. Lausanne, Switzerland: AVA Publishing, 2007. 144-167. Print
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