International Affairs at the University of Georgia. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Georgia in 2015. Writing an analytical essay can seem daunting, especially if you’ve never done it before. Take a deep breath, buy yourself a caffeinated beverage, and follow these steps to create a well-crafted analytical essay.
Understand the objective of an analytical essay. An analytical essay means you will need to present some type of argument, or claim, about what you are analyzing. Most often you will have to analyze another piece of writing or a film, but you could also be asked to analyze an issue, or an idea. What is the prompt asking you to do? However, sometimes you will have to come up with your own topic.