Ritical Analysis of Nonfiction on How Hip-Hop Holds Blacks Backby JOHN H. MCWHORTER
For your critical analysis essay, using the following selection:
-Your introduction should name the work, the full name of the author, and contain two thesis statements-the authors and yours.
-Underline YOUR thesis statement.
-The second paragraph of your analysis should be a brief summary of the work you are writing about.
-The third paragraph begins the body that will support YOUR thesis. The body should contain quotations and paraphrases of the text, documented correctly using MLA in-text citation.
-Your conclusion should tie up your critical analysis of the piece, and should leave the audience thinking about what you have written.
-This essay should be 2-3 pages, single spaced, and excluding the works cited page.
-You are also REQUIRED to use FOUR sources. These sources can be any of the assigned readings from the text book or the handouts OR sources found in the librarys electronic sources or even books in the LIBRARY(or NONFICTION sources)! These sources will support the points you are making about the piece you are analyzing.
-In addition to your response to the text, your essay must contain an analysis of the authors ideas, or an analysis of the various persuasive elements that persuaded or dissuaded you. You may discuss the authors:
-Organization, special use of devices, use of logic, appeal to audience(or lack of), use of language, use of historical context.
The critical analysis essay represents the culmination of everything you have learned about the expository essay. In high school you were asked to write a book report in which you summarized the plot of the book. As a college student, however, you need to go beyond providing just summary. Now you are being asked to criticize, analyze, evaluate. While a typical book review calls forth the skills of reading and comprehension, a critical essay demands analysis and judgement.
When you analyze something (movies, novels, paintings, music, etc.), you take it apart to study it. You look at the individual parts and try to discover how they relate to one another. The term Criticaldoes not mean to find fault in this instance. Instead, it means to weigh the flaws and merits of the work you are analyzing.
In your introduction,after capturing the audiences interests, give the title and the author of the work analyzed. Additionally, tell your audience what the essay is about: subject matter, its main point, and its purpose. What you say in the body paragraphs will grow out of the process of close analysis.
As a critic you will be responsible for three questions:
-Interpretation. WHAT DOES IT SAY? Read the essay more than once! What is the main point (thesis)? Be sure to determine what you believe to be the authors purpose and criticize accordingly.
-Technical Analysis. HOW IS IT SAID? What is the overall type and form? Does the author use language in a special way? How does he achieve the effects. You may want to consider such things organization, diction, method of development, figurative language, satire, irony, and humor.
-Evaluation. HOW WELL HAS IT BEEN SAID? What is your assesment of the essays effectiveness? Has the writer achieved his purpose? Does the work add to your understanding of the subject?