I need information on how to start a critical analysis essayI have to do an critical analaysis essay on "the lottery" by Shirley Jackson, and I dont even know where to begin. I have been out of...

I need information on how to start a critical analysis essay

I have to do an critical analaysis essay on "the lottery" by Shirley Jackson, and I dont even know where to begin. I have been out of school for 30 years. help..........

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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As with persuasive essays, the critical analysis essays are meant to describe your personal position (or opinion) about a specific aspect or aspects of the story 'The Lottery'

The first and most effective way to start an introduction is to start by stating what it is that you will be focusing on, and what is your opinion about it. For example: "A small-town mentality combined with lack of social exposure can lead to the commission of barbaric acts brought in by morbid and senseless traditions".

After you state your point and position, you should offer at least three  reasons why you think the way you do. For example:

"In the story the lottery we see how a small, secluded community perpetuates a rite of stoning which had begun back in the days when the settlement had been born. This seclusion, as well as the narrow-mindedness of the people extended this cruel act until the modern times. The result of a mind that does not grow and change with time might very well be that it will deteriorate and die with time as well.

After you state this in your introductory paragraph, your body should be about supporting details from the story to support your idea. You could mention (for the example cited above), how the practice of the lottery came about, how it is conducted, how it makes you feel, how you compare it to modern times, etc.

Finally, at the end just reinforce the opening paragraph and reinstate your point and position.

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