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Writing A Critical Essay. Ch.9. Features of the Critical Essay:. Novel, short story, poem, or essay is the most important source of information. Critical essay resembles an argument essay (pointing out/arguing certain points) Make claims/pose questions as the focus of your critical essay

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features of the critical essay
Features of the Critical Essay:
  • Novel, short story, poem, or essay is the most important source of information.
  • Critical essay resembles an argument essay (pointing out/arguing certain points)
  • Make claims/pose questions as the focus of your critical essay
  • Provide short summary of work for the audience (summary should not be the central focus or the whole paper)
organizing your critical essay
Organizing your critical Essay:
  • Focus on a particular question/theme Examples: (suicide “The Awakening”, role of women “Color Purple” (novels), opportunities in life “Rode not Taken- Frost (poem)
  • Focus on literary elements: characters, point of view, tone, imagery, symbolism, setting, form/structure, theme, appeal (LB Brief 127)
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