Consider these ideas while writing a critical analysis:
- The idea of writing a critical analysis is to examine a piece.It does not mean you attack the work or the author, it simply means you are thinking critically about it, exploring it and discussing your findings.
- You are evaluating the aspects of your chosen literary piece for how it is written over the content of the writing.
- It is informative; it emphasizes the literary work being studied rather than the feelings and opinions of the person writing about the literay work.
- In this kind of writing, all claims made about the work need to be backed up with evidence.
- The difference between feelings and facts is simple--it does not matter what you believe about a book or play or poem; what matters is what you can prove about it, drawing upon evidence found in the text itself, in biographies of the author, in critical discussions of the literary work, etc.
- In many cases, you are teaching your audience something new about the text.
- Remember that in most cases you want to keep your tone serious and objectivee.
- When you quote or summarize be sure you follow an appropriate format (MLA format is the most common one when examining literature) and be sure you provide a properly formatted list of works cited at the end of your essay.