Remember that no matter what format you follow in writing your critical analysis, it should have a thesis statement that establishes your approach to or opinion about the piece. Your thesis statement will not be the same as the original author's thesis statement. For example, say that the original author's thesis statement is “the moon is made of green cheese.” Your own thesis might be “the author's assertion that the moon is made of green cheese is ill-founded and is not supported with adequate evidence.”
A new analysis of an old work might be a good start. Find subtle points, which support your argument, which you haven't seen, presented in other essays. A creative thesis is a good start, but beware of trying to make a work of art say something, which the author couldn't have possibly intended. (There's a whole bunch of critical theory around this,but unless you are working on a graduate level essay, just stick to things relevant to the author.)
The most effective writers will craft critical response in a manner that maintains objective analysis, while also including your personal impressions about the performance.
It is easy to choose the topics for critical essay type. For example, you can choose a novel or a movie to discuss. It is important to choose the topic you are interested and familiar with. Here are the examples of popular critical essay topics:
Your thesis should indicate the point of the discussion. If your assignment is to write a paper on kinship systems, using your own family as an example, you might come up with either of these two thesis statements:
A critical analysis (sometimes called a critique, critical summary, or book review) is a systematic analysis of an idea, text, or piece of literature that discusses its validity and evaluates its worth. A critical analysis usually includes a summary–a concise restatement of what a text says–and an evaluation–how well it says it. A critical analysis in literature, for example, might examine the style, tone, or rhetorical appeals of a text, while an analysis of a scientific paper might examine the methodology, accuracy, and relevance of the research.
Remember that your thesis needs to show your conclusions about a subject. For example, if you are writing a paper for a class on fitness, you might be asked to choose a popular weight-loss product to evaluate. Here are two thesis statements:
Readers need to be able to see that your paper has one main point. If your thesis expresses more than one idea, then you might confuse your readers about the subject of your paper. For example:
Thesis (CLEARLY state your argument).
Specific examples/quotes/details that SUPPORT your argument.
Interpretation of support.
Transitions between ideas/paragraph.
Compilation of ideas into one coherent whole that combines the views and organizes them to show similarities and differences.
The trick is to write an essay like you were a lawyer.
Your evidence has to have a point.
Evidence by no point; a point, but no evidence.
You will include a works cited page, even though you will only reference one piece of writing.
Example of an analytical thesis statement:
An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores or students with strong extracurricular backgrounds.
Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn is a great American novel.
In Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain develops a contrast between life on the river and life on the shore.
Through its contrasting river and shore scenes, Twain’s Huckleberry Finn suggests that to find the true expression of American democratic ideals, one must leave “civilized” society and go back to nature.
How to answer...
Become an expert on the text you will be writing about by including a close critical reading focusing on the topic question.
You have now read
Life of Pi
1st, reread your notes on the novel.
2nd, write down your thoughts & feelings about the novel.
3rd, underline or highlight in your notes what influenced your thoughts / feelings.
4th, look at the topics and see which one you have the most information to support an argument for/against.
Choose ONE of the following essay topics for your essay on Life of Pi:
You are expected to write two critical response essays throughout the summer session.
The critical response essays are a critique of the assigned readings. After briefly
summarizing, suggest improvements to the reading(s). Discuss if you think there is
something missing from the reading’s research, if the question is or is not interesting, if the reading provides sufficient answers to a question you have or how you think the
reading could be expanded, enhanced or revisited.
A thesis statement should show exactly what your paper will be about, and will help you keep your paper to a manageable topic. For example, if you write a paper on hunger, you might say:
The body of the response essay is a careful working through of the work in question, examining all relevant aspects of it. Usually there is too much to work with so you need to focus your work on a limited number of points.