Ritical Analysis on Black Boy By Richard Wright

I. Background information to help your readers understand the nature of the work

A. Information about the work

1. Title

2. Author

3. Publication information

4. Statement of topic and purpose

B. Thesis statement indicating writers main reaction to the work

II. Summary or description of the work

III. Interpretation and/or evaluation

A. Discussion of the works organization

B. Discussion of the works style

C. Effectiveness

D. Discussion of the topics treatment

E. Discussion of appeal to a particular audience

Identify the authors thesis and purpose

Analyze the structure of the passage by identifying all main ideas

Consult a dictionary or encyclopedia to understand material that is unfamiliar to you

Make an outline of the work or write a description of it

Write a summary of the work

Determine the purpose which could be

To inform with factual material

To persuade with appeal to reason or emotions

To entertain (to affect peoples emotions)

Evaluate the means by which the author has accomplished his purpose

If the purpose is to inform, has the material been presented clearly, accurately, with order and coherence?

If the purpose is to persuade, look for evidence, logical reasoning, contrary evidence

If the purpose was to entertain, determine how emotions are affected: does it make you laugh, cry, angry? Why did it affect you?

Consider the following questions: How is the material organized? Who is the intended audience? What are the writers assumptions about the audience? What kind of language and imagery does the author use?