44 Introduction to Analysis Writing

Amy Minervini


by Amy Minervini

Analysis is the process of digging deeper into what we read, see, and hear. This skill is used both in academic writing and in everyday life. In-depth exploration helps us to more effectively understand issues in society and our daily lives, including but not limited to the articles and books we read, the videos we watch, the brands and ads that influence our buying habits, and the songs we listen to. We can analyze authors, subjects, issues, images, and texts of all kinds using various methods of analysis. This chapter will introduce you to rhetorical and visual analysis, text and literary analysis, and cause and effect (another form of analysis).

Key Characteristics

Analysis writing generally exhibits the following:

  • Scrutinizing the details of a subject or text and then interpreting those details to show a particular point of view or theme is being conveyed
  • Using a subjective point of view, backed up by evidence
  • Determining the use of and quality of rhetorical strategies (pathos, ethos, logos, and kairos) used by others, see the Reading and Writing Rhetorically chapter for more information
  • An incorporation of ethos, pathos, and logos to help support claims
  • Awareness of and critique of bias that seeps in–for more information on this aspect, see the Addressing Bias and Stakeholder Concerns chapter for more information

Essay Types within this Chapter

  • Rhetorical Analysis
  • Textual (Article) Analysis
  • Literary Analysis
  • Image Analysis
  • Film Analysis
  • Cause and Effect
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