An in-depth analysis essay probes beyond superficial layers to examine the components of an object or a topic of interest. As you brainstorm ideas, you improve your perception and hone your critical thinking skills, which will help you write a focused and comprehensive in-depth analysis essay. This essay expounds upon the conclusions you have reached after extensive evaluation of your chosen subject. Your objective is to use compelling arguments and detailed research to convince your readers that you have thoroughly developed your central idea.

Choose a topic. Pick an object, a controversial news item, an event, a work of art or literature, or any subject matter that intrigues you and draws your attention on a deeper level.

Analyze your subject by breaking it down into components. Look beyond the obvious for inconsistencies, contradictory thematic elements or biases. Question the style of writing or drawing, the reliability of sources, the major themes, or the imagery of your subject.

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Formulate a thesis statement that definitively states the point you are trying to convey in your essay. Word your thesis statement clearly so your readers understand the central idea you will address throughout your essay.

Conduct research to find proof that supports your thesis statement. Establish at least three supporting points that substantiate the focal idea you are conveying in your analysis essay.

Make an outline to organize your thoughts and arguments into a logical structure that your readers can follow. Create transitions that link all of your points to each other so your paragraphs flow in a straightforward manner.

Write your in-depth analysis essay. Begin with an introduction that provides background information and includes your thesis statement, directing your readers' attention to the ideas you will broach in your essay.

Write the body paragraphs, developing your central idea using the supportive proofs from your research. Relate the concepts in each paragraph back to your thesis statement.

End with a conclusion that ties your thoughts together and reemphasizes the thesis statement upon which you built your in-depth analysis essay.

Tips

  • Analyze your subject matter as you read it or view it instead of waiting until you have finished.
  • Use direct quotes and textual evidence to add an authoritative voice to your essay and support your thesis.
  • Analysis goes beyond a summary of someone else's conclusions. Base your writing on your own thoughts and findings.

About the Author

Judith Glaser launched her writing career in 2000 as the recipient of the Silver Quill Award by Roberts Publishing. In addition to creative fiction, she writes parenting and health-related articles for a women’s publication. In 2007 Glaser began publishing a weekly newsletter for a private day school in New York.