The Analytical Essay What is an analytical essay?

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The Analytical Essay

What is an analytical essay?

1- A structured piece of writing which proves a thesis.


“A statement that appears near the beginning of a paper, and it offers a concise solution to the issue being addressed. It states the claim of the argument presented in a paper. A thesis statement is usually one sentence, though it may occur as more than one.”

Good examples of thesis statements:

  • “Oedipus Tyrannus conveys the powerful concept that humans do not control their own destiny and no matter what heights they achieve, they cannot escape the will of the Gods.”
  • “Because the internet is filled with tremendous marketing potential, companies should exploit this potential by using web pages that offer both advertising and customer support.”

Bad examples of thesis statements:

  • “The novel Night was a powerful book with many examples of cruelty.”
  • “There are some negative and positive aspects to the Banana Herb Tea Supplement.”

In other words….a thesis is your argument--it is what the whole essay is proving to be true.

2- It analyses a particular topic and provides evidence.

3- It is persuasive.

4- It is formal

  • …sophisticated language, no abbreviations and definitely no slag or text talk.



  • HOOK – this sentence should engage the reader somehow.
  • Basic background information: Book title, author, relevant information from book. BRIEFLY summarize the plot.
  • Thesis statement and supporting points. *Be sure that your sentences flow well… you might need to include some transition sentences.*

Paragraphs 2-3-4: BODY

  • Each body paragraph should be devoted to a piece of evidence that will justify your thesis. This should be clearly stated in the first sentence of each paragraph, then subsequently justified.
  • -Make a clear link to the thesis
  • -Provide a reference to the text (usually a quotation)

Paragraph 5: CONCLUSION

  • This can be the most challenging paragraph…even though you are not presenting any new ideas.
  • Restate thesis: rephrase it while maintaining the meaning. Make it sound more like a ‘done deal’. Presume that the reader agrees with you. Use words like “definitely” and “absolutely”.
  • Restate your 3 points: reread the first few sentences of your body paragraphs. Try to make them more concise and convincing.
  • End with a ‘closing sentence’.

If you don’t edit your essay after you’ve written it…. a goblin will eat you in your sleep.

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