What is the purpose of acritique? It is to evaluate somebodys work (a book, an essay, a movie, a painting...) in order to increase the readers understanding of it. it expresses the writers opinion or evaluation of a text a critical analysis is not merely to inform, but also to evaluate the worth, utility, excellence, distinction, truth, validity, beauty, or goodness of something Analysis means to break down and study the parts. Writing a critical paper requires two steps: critical reading and critical writing.
To critique a piece of writing is todo the following: 1) describe: give the reader a sense of the writers overall purpose and meaning 2) analyze: show how it is put together by dividing it into its main sections or aspects 3) interpret: define the significance (meaning and importance) of each part (or missing parts) 4) assess: make a judgment of the works worth or value
Step 1: Read Read Re-read Re-read And read again. It is important to familiarize yourself with the document. There are multiple things you need to look for you can’t possibly find them all after the first read.
Step 2: Notes As you read, TAKE NOTES!! Circle, highlight, underline, and comment on your article. Look for: the author’s purpose of the paper ○ (very important) Is the purpose to inform with factual material? Is the purpose to persuade with appeal to reason or emotions? Is the purpose to entertain (to affect peoples emotions)? Also look for: Patterns Tone: funny, serious
Step 3: Gather yourresources Find out where the work was published – does that help you figure out the author’s purpose and audience? What are the author’s obvious strategies in making his or her point? Are they successful?
Step 4: Investigate Further Look at underlying assumptions, both yours and the writer’s. Look for places where the author has left gaps – are these deliberate? Do they need to be filled? Does the author play on your emotions? How? Is he or she using any images or ideas that play on some abstract, for example patriotism?
Step 5: Organize 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
Step 6: Write After you have created your outline, start writing your critique. Remember that your critique does not have to be negative. Refer to the author by his or her last name.