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This version of How to Write a Critical Essay was reviewed by Megan Morgan on May 23, 2015.
Look over your analysis when you have finished writing. Critique your work to make sure every step has been covered. Look for grammatical errors, poor sentence structure, or other things that can be improved. It should be clear, accurate, and professional.
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What follows is the sample essay analysing the use of setting in
the short story "The Cask of Amontillado." Both "good" and "poor"
examples of the essay's first and second body paragraphs are
included. As you read each paragraph of the essay, beginning with
its introduction, clicking on the "continue" arrow at the bottom of
the paragraph will permit you to see commentary on particular
features of the essay-writing process. To see all the commentary,
you may need to click the arrow multiple times.
A critical analysis examines an article or other work to determine how effective the piece makes an argument or point. These reviews are usually applied to articles or books, but you can also analyze films, paintings, and other less traditional works. While you can examine the author's use of rhetorical appeals, your focus for a critical analysis should be on the overall ability and effectiveness of the article. Keep reading to learn more about the different steps involved in writing a strong critical analysis.
• Character development
• Plot (include exposition, complication—both crisis and
climax, and denouement)
• Camera techniques
• Audio enhancement
You may want to refer to the examples at the end of Chapters 7 and 8.
Be sure to include a convincing, inclusive conclusion at the end of your critical analysis and a bibliography of at least two sources that you used to prepare your analysis, one of which may be the class text. Do not use and cite Wikipedia. Instead, visit the Excelsior College Library to learn about academic sources. The page on Evaluating Information Evaluating Information includes helpful sections on “Print vs. Web Resources,” Evaluation Criteria,” Evaluation Scenarios,” and “Media Literacy.”
Write a 250 word critical analysis. Follow the APA style