What is an analytical essay?

As the name suggests, the goal of an analytical essay is to analyse something and explain it in depth to increase understanding.


You can write an analytical essay on different subjects --- analyze a book, play, event, poem, issue, or a piece of art.


However, while tackling such essays don’t simply summarize the topic; instead, you are required to critically examine the details and provide evidence to support your arguments.


When writing about a novel analyze the plot, how the author has portrayed the characters, and the influence it has on the readers.


Analytical essay just like any other type of an essay follows the same outline format.


  •         Introduction
  •         Body
  •         Conclusion

Note: don’t make your thesis statement too general or vague; it should have the power to engage and persuade your reader.


They body comprises of three paragraphs and the main point and claim is presented here along with supporting evidence to back the argument.


Each paragraph should be connected with the subsequent one using transition words.


Analytical essay topics on literature:


Analyze your favourite book’s main idea.

Analyze your favourite book’s main character.

Analyze your favourite book’s key events.

What is the message being conveyed by the author?

Analyze how an author's personality or beliefs influenced his/her writing.

Analytical essay topics on movies:


Analyse a movie that is based on true events.

Analyse a movie based on a novel.

Do you think it is alright for kids to watch tv shows and movies?

Movies over novels.

Should movies based on historical events be a part of education?

Choose any of the topics provided and craft an outstanding essay by analysing it bit by bit.

What other topic do you think can be good for analysing?