To do this effectively, one must use evidence from the text to explore all sides of his/her argument regarding the text and ultimately, support his/her claim.The analytical essay is usually broken up into sections.For example, one may choose to describe the image of human suffering that is portrayed throughout the poem through the rise and fall of meter throughout the poem: “Begin, and cease, and then again begin, / With tremulous cadence slow, and bring / The eternal note of sadness in” (Arnold, 1867).
He/she must persuade the reader of his/her point regarding the text through the interpretation of gathered evidence from the text. An evaluation of the explicit and implicit assumptions the author of the original text makes and how these assumptions create other implied arguments within the text. An explanation of any inherent contradictions within the text.
These contradictions can be caused by the author's unwarranted assumptions about his audience or assumptions about the world that are contradictory to that of the analyst.
An outline of these sections (not necessarily in this order) would usually include: I.
An abstract of the text which includes any historical background that is relevant to the understanding of the piece. Using the collection of evidence gathered, the writer goes on to evaluate the text in terms of the argument he/she is making.
Your reaction to a work of literature could be in the form of an expository essay, for example if you decide to simply explain your personal response to a work.
The expository essay can also be used to give a personal response to a world event, political debate, football game, work of art and so on. You want to get and, of course, keep your reader’s attention. This is the type of essay where you try to convince the reader to adopt your position on an issue or point of view.The writer would now move on to discuss the inherent assumptions present in the text.“Arnold assumes that his audience, being products of the Industrial Revolution, have adopted the viewpoint of the majority, which is a rejection of religion and the adoption of Darwinism.He assumes that this spiritual change has left his audience hopeless and miserable.” Here, the quotation relates to the essay's theme and the explanation of the quotation serves to support the writer's claim or fatten the sound of his/her argument, as it were.The writer has explored the text's intended audience and certain assumptions about that audience made by the author.An analytical essay can be defined as a writer's reaction/response to a body of work through a critical lens.That is, one must set out to explain the significance of the text by persuading the reader of a certain point regarding the text. This is a writer’s explanation of a short theme, idea or issue.The key here is that you are explaining an issue, theme or idea to your intended audience.It is important to provide any peripheral information that the reader should be familiar with.That is, any background information regarding the text that is relevant, but should not necessarily be included in the body paragraphs.