Analytical essay writing: structuring your paper

Analytical essay writing requires the writer to present a unique argument that becomes the main idea or purpose for the essay. How your content is structured is important as it helps present your argument in a clear concise manner. You will need to pay attention to details you include, how they are written and presented, as well as how they are logically displayed for readers. Once you have a good idea of what the structure should be, you will gain useful insight on what information you should mention in your content. The following points can help you get started structuring your analytical essay.

  • Get sample essays and study their structure pattern. You may notice how information is presented with a topic sentence and a statement or two that helps support it. This is something to think about as you structure your content. You should present your findings with clarity but make sure they provide evidence for the main point or idea.
  • Your introduction paragraph will appear at the beginning of the page. It may include your thesis statement which provides clear purpose for the essay. This may be detailed in one sentence with other content in the intro paragraph helping to introduce the concept or scope behind it. The title of the literary piece, the author and additional background details may be included here as well.
  • The body paragraphs will follow and this may vary depending on essay guidelines. This may include a few paragraphs that will each follow the same structure while outlining a particular point you want to highlight. For instance, each paragraph will have a topic sentence that appears first, then a statement to support it and maybe a secondary statement. One sentence works to support the sentence that appears before it (basically). You should also consider the last sentence of each paragraph; it should act as an transition sentence into the next paragraph making it easier for the reader to follow through the page.
  • The conclusion paragraph will have your thesis statement mentioned or restated. You may end up rewording your purpose, but you draw your conclusion based on what you researched. To readers this is known as your statement of discovery. What you learned or discovered regarding the relationship of the content you read and its characteristics will help close out your essay.