Anonymous asked in 社會與文化語言 · 2 decades ago

怎麼寫一篇 ”Analytical essay”?

How to write an analytical essay?

the structure, the method, how should I write so I can get a fair good mark?

Can sombody teach me how to write it? ( website tutorial is fine, too)

Thank you.


I am stuck on the introduction. Can u tell me how to write it?

Update 2:

耶! 終於可以打中文了~"~

我是要寫一篇analytical essay- Media, Power and Society

Context and task:

1. How media representations of events and people influence the way that we come to understand the world

Update 3:

2.Our understanding of stories in the media is shaped by our preferred or dominant discourses. Articles in newspapers have discourses that underpin the representation

Update 4:

3.Choose one article- identify how the representation is constructed, and which discourses are in evidence and how these work to position the reader

我該怎麼著手呢? 一點頭緒都沒有..

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    2 decades ago
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    The Analytical Essay   The Analytical Essay is in many ways a combination of the interpretive and persuasive essays. Like the interpretive essay, analytical essays make meaning of a particular event (a social phenomenon, historical happening, or scientific experiment) or artifact (the thing under study such as a written text, archeological object, or work of art).  Like the persuasive essay, they tend to have as their "center of gravity" a single conclusion – similar to the persuasive essay's thesis – to which, the writer argues, the analysis logically leads.  Since the goal of an analytical essay is a more full and clear understanding of the object's or event's meaning, its basis is the object's or event's full and rich description.  This description may come from close observation and/or careful interviewing techniques.            The analytical essay begins with a full and close observation of its subject.à        First, the writer literally takes the event or phenomenon apart to examine and describe its various elements – in a painting, for example, the different forms and images that make up the whole, the colors and contrasts, the angles of light and shadow, even the artist's brush-strokes visible in the paint.  à        Next the writer studies and describes the connections among the various elements: the relative sizes and positions among the painting's different forms and figures, which forms and figures are lighted and which are in shadow, which figures are foregrounded (appearing to be in front) and which backgrounded (appearing to be in back).The analytical essay then moves to interpretation.  à        Now the writer draws inferences based on the connections he or she has found.  "Inferences" are simply messages and meanings the writer discovers within the artifact or event.  For example, from a landscape painting in which the sun shines brightly on a field of flowers peopled with families and small animals we might infer a message of nature's nurturing warmth and abundant fertility.  From a landscape of stormy skies, rocky cliffs, and a lone traveler struggling along a windswept road, we might infer that the painter means nature's world to be seen as harsh, demanding, and dangerous.à        Finally, the writer comes to some conclusion about the inferences drawn from and meanings implied by the analyzed artifact or event.  The writer might conclude from the evidence found in the landscape painting that this particular painting shows a change from the artist's usual style, or that the artist used art to persuade, inflame, or manipulate the viewer in a certain way.  Whatever conclusion the writer arrives at, readers must be able to see a clear and logical path from beginning description to interpretive end.  1.                   Topic Selection:  You've by now accumulated rough drafts of any number of possible analytical essays.  You've analyzed the play patterns of children and drawn inferences about the ways in which male and female identities are established.  You've studied toys – the artifacts of childhood training – and analyzed the "dominant" and "alternative stories" about gender for which they act as props.  You've observed classroom behavior among men and women students and drawn conclusions about the changes in co-education over time.  So as always, start from your Exploratory Writings to find topics you've already begun to develop, and select the one(s) you'll use as the rough, "exploratory" draft of your analytical essay.  2.         Development: Working directly on the file or on a hard-copy printout of it, make some notes to yourself about what you will add to this rough draft. You'll need to give your readers a clear picture of the event or phenomenon you're analyzing before breaking it down and presenting your interpretation of what its means. And so you'll want your initial observation of your subject to be as full and thick and rich as possible.  Now is the time to plan another interview, another visit to the toy store or web site you first visited, a closer observation of your classes, or whatever you have to do to gather as much information as necessary. Also review other exploratory writings as well as relevant readings for additional examples, descriptions, and quotations you can use. (For now just make rough notes about what information and ideas you'll add and flesh out later.  You're still in the planning stages!)  3.                   Organization:  Read over your draft and notes on it carefully.  The essay's overall organization may be clear: introduction, description, analysis, interpretation, conclusion.  But within each larger stage, you'll have to make choices.  For instance, if you're comparing and contrasting male and female classroom behaviors, should you first describe fully men's general behavior and then women's?  Or should you break down the behaviors, first describing how men and women sit, then how they speak, then how they respond to one another, etc.?  The choice is yours, and this is a good time to start thinking about the choice you'll make.  (Whatever way you do choose, just remember to match your comparisons, and compare similar behaviors or other items.  You can successfully compare and contrast apples and oranges, but not apples and horses.)Make a rough outline of the steps you'll take readers through in this essay.  4.         Drafting: Once you have planned how to develop your draft more fully and organize it more smoothly, begin your next draft.

  • Anonymous
    2 decades ago


    The essential objective of an analytical essay is to provide some personal argumentation for or against a certain topic or to give some logical explanation for a given phenomenon. Thus, the first step to start an analytical essay is to collect as much related data as a writer can in order to be persuasive.

    This step shares many similiarities with the so-called brain storming in composing short articles, though brain storming generally implies more or less a freer development of mental conceptions.

    Next, an orderly organization of the collected data is required in order to make an essay readable. You can try to categorize the collected data into different groups. Then, you have to evaluate the interrelationship between each of these idea groups. You have to decide which groups support or argue against each other. This categorization is crucial in that an adequate group of idea groups may contribute to successful structuring of various sections in an essay.

    Since you did not mention the potential size of your analytical essay to write, I will suppose that your essay is required to be middle-sized. In other words, you will only have to create several sections in which to present your argumentation.

    The first key to a successful essay is its organization. While you are arranging your data and arguments, bear in mind to make your writing as logical as possible. Try to examine if each sentence in your paragraph is consistently positive or negative. Coherence is needed to ensure argumentation. Correct wording is also important. You have to consult your reference resources, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, books, papers, anytime you feel your content or form may not be appropriate.

    If the objective of your essay is to overthrow some existent viewpoint, you will need to present as much evidence as possible. And, if your objective is simply to give an detailed explanation for a certain phenomenon, you need to ensure that it be logically and systematically illustrated. When you need to quote some passages from other resources, remember to give a credit to their authors or editors. If your essay is highly formal, you may also need to include a bibliography of all resources you refer to.



    Usually, in the introduction, essay writers first present some literature concerning the topic in discussion. They intend to shed some light on its historical development or status quo. If their purpose is to persuade readers that some points of view or certain established facts may in reality be misled, they can also point out the reasons for their inadequacy. Still, most writers focus on the background of the problem they are to address in their essay, relating the past literature briefly with the topic they are to argue for or against.

    Source(s): personal schemata
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