Getting Ready for an Analytical Nursing Essay
Writing an essay can seem overwhelming, especially if you’ve never done it before. However, don’t worry! Rather, take a deep breath, take a drink, and follow the steps in this article to write a good analytical essay.
Understand the purpose of an analytical essay.
In an analytical essay, you will need to present some kind of argument or statement about what you are going to analyze. Typically, you will need to analyze another text or a movie, but you might also be asked to analyze a topic or idea. To do this, you must break the topic down into parts and provide evidence (either from the text or film or even from your own research) to support your statement.
Determine the topic you will write about.
If the essay you will be writing is for your class, the teacher will most likely assign you a topic (or topics) on which you should focus. Therefore, read the instructions carefully to know what is required of you. However, sometimes you will need to set your own theme.
You may not immediately know what to base your thesis statement on, even if you have already chosen your topic. But don’t worry! By brainstorming, you can find out what you think about your topic. Observe it from all possible points of view.
- Look for images, metaphors, phrases or ideas that are repeated. Repeating points are often important. See if you can figure out why these things are so essential. Do they repeat the same way each time or do they do it differently?
- How does the text work? For example, if you are writing a rhetorical analysis, you can analyze how the author uses logical devices to support his argument, and decide if you think the argument is effective. If you are analyzing a creative work, consider things like illustrations, images in a movie, etc. Also, if you are analyzing an investigation, you could consider the methods and results, and evaluate whether the experiment is a good design.
- A mind map can be of use to some people. Start with the central theme and then organize the smaller ideas around it in text bubbles. Connect each of these to identify patterns and ways things are related.
Good brainstorming can cover everything. In fact, it can be a good way to start. Don’t discount any ideas yet, and write down any elements that come to mind as you examine the topic.
Create a thesis statement
The thesis statement is one or two sentences that summarize the statement you will make in your work. Its goal is to tell the reader what your essay will be about.
- This is an analytical thesis, as it examines a text and makes a particular statement.
- The statement is “debatable”, that is, it is not a finding that no one can refute. An analytical essay takes one side and makes an argument.
- Make sure your thesis is limited enough to fit the goal of your project.
- Unless specifically instructed to do so, avoid writing a “three-variable” thesis that presents three points that will be discussed later. These thesis statements tend to limit your analysis too much and make your argument look like a formula. In general, it is correct to indicate what your argument will be.
Look for supporting evidence for your analytical essay
Depending on your assignment, you probably need to focus solely on your primary sources (the text (s) you are going to analyze) or primary and secondary sources (other books or magazine articles). The assignment should tell you what types of fonts are needed. Correct evidence supports your claim and makes your argument more compelling. List the supporting evidence; indicate where you found it, and how it supports your statement.
Make an outline of the analytical essay.
This will help you structure the essay and facilitate its writing. Also, make sure you know the required extension. While some teachers allow “five-paragraph essays” (introduction, three middle paragraphs, and conclusion), many prefer ones that are longer and explore topics in greater depth. Therefore, structure your schematic as required.
If you’re not completely sure how all your tests fit together, don’t worry! An outline can help you determine how your argument should progress.
You can also make a more informal outline that brings your ideas together in large groups. From that point, you can determine what you will talk about.
The essay will be as long as necessary to adequately discuss your topic. A common mistake students make is to choose a broad topic and then discuss it in just three paragraphs. This makes the essay seem shallow or rushed. Don’t be afraid to spend enough time covering every detail!
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