Critical Analysis Essay, English homework help –

In a clear, well-composed, and thoughtful essay of two to three pages, respond to the following prompt.  All successful essays will include examples, sufficient quotations from the text to analyze the claims being made and meaningful discussion of the text and quotations.

Essays should incorporate critical analysis, be written in objective voice, and include no references to personal experience. (No first person or second person pronouns!)

All successful essays must be well-organized. Complete MLA format required. In-text citations and works cited page required. (You may print front and back.)

**1. Analyze Ulrich’s use of evidence and two or three techniques from among the following:  structure, tone, audience, purpose, counterargument in “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History.” Quote directly from Ulrich’s essay, discussing each quotation to substantiate points about Ulrich’s presentation of her explicit or implicit assertions concerning history. **

· Your essay must have a thesis. It may be as simple as the following example: To reach an academic audience of her peers, Williamson uses a cheerful tone to compare A-B Tech students to aliens.

· Read your essay OUT LOUD!  You will hear many of your errors and awkward sentences.

· The assessment rubric (posted under Important Documents on Moodle) will be used to evaluate your essay.  Please use the rubric to check your essay!

Elements of Critical Analysis


·  Who is the narrator/author?

·  What do you know about him or her?


·  Who is the intended audience?  What makes you think so?

·  Was the piece written in a particular time period for that audience?  What do you know about the situation/context (setting, topic, culture, etc.)?

·  Does the piece work for anyone in any time period? Why?

·  What ASSUMPTIONS has the author made about the audience?  Are these wise assumptions? Fair? Unfair?


·  Is the tone formal or informal?  (This is the first questions.) What makes you think so?  Note some passages in the text and their page numbers.

·  Does the tone make the reader defensive or want to read along? Locate a passage that proves your point and note the page number.

·  Does the writer seem opposed to other viewpoints, or does the writer seem to be neutral, trying to find a solution to a problem? Or both?


·  Examine the writer’s use of logic?  Is the writer reasonable?  Note any logical fallacies.

·  How does the author appeal to readers’ emotions? What emotions might readers experience?

·  Is the writer credible/ethical?  Does he examine any values he or she might share with the intended audience?


·  What assertions/claims/arguments does the writer make?  Is there more than one?

·  What is the thesis (the overall opinion—the one that all the other little claims support)?  [This information may be expressed; it may be subtly implied, or it may be withheld until the very end.  Sometimes it is divided (part of the thesis in the beginning and part in the end) in an essay that is less academic. However, that overriding opinion/thesis MUST be there; otherwise the writer will have no reason for writing the piece.]


·  Several definite categories of evidence exist, and ALL writers draw from this “toy box” of kinds of evidence when they seek to prove any point. Which ones does the writer use?

·  Scientific Data

·  Statistics/surveys

·  Research Data

·  Historical Reference

·  Reference to an Authority

·  Personal Observation/Personal Experience (including the Observations and Experiences of other people)


·  Are the Introduction and Conclusion clearly tied together?  If so, how?  If not, why not?

·  How are the body paragraphs linked together?

·  Do the body paragraphs use any particular mode or strategy, such as

·  Narration?

·  Illustration or Description?

·  Comparison/Contrast?

·  Cause/Effect?

·  Division or Analysis?

·  Classification?

·  Process?

·  What are some of the topics that the body paragraphs focus on?

·  What kinds of transitions are used or omitted?

·  How does the structure of the essay influence whether or not you are persuaded by the text?  Think once again about the thesis!


·  Discuss how the writer introduces the topic, including any unique use of quotes or attention grabbers.  Does the writer

·  examine the past?

·  tell a story?

·  use a quotation?

·  examine common assumptions?


·  If the writer only implied a thesis in the Introduction, what stated thesis does

she or he come to in the end?

·  Does the Conclusion issue a “call to action” on the part of the readers? What kind?

·  Does the Conclusion issue a warning or a foreshadowing of events to come?

·  Does the Conclusion suggest where further research would be beneficial?

·  Does the writer use any attention-grabbing quotation or leave the readers with a resounding notion? What feeling or attitude does the writer leave the reader with in those closing remarks?

·  Does the writer look toward the future?

·  How does the writer make the reader feel that he or she has come full circle?

I have attached the reading material for this essay below.  I recently had another tutor here on StudyPool complete the essay and my instructor believed it was “a little difficult to understand”.  Please rewrite the essay to where it fits my instructors standards within the rubric. If you need to start from scratch, that is ok but please try to keep writing styles as similar as possible.  NOTE: study pool would only allow so many docs.  If you will message me I will email you the rough draft for this essay.

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