How To Write A Top-Quality Critique Essay In 8 Simple Steps

If you are new to writing critique essays then you may be wondering how to go about the process. The following outlines eight simple steps to help you plan your work, so as to get the work done efficiently and effectively.

  1. Decide which book you wish to critique
  2. The first thing you need to do is decide which book you wish to base your paper on. You may choose a book that you have been studying recently, or you may decide to base the work on one of your favourite books or works from a favourite author.

  3. Let the reader know what it is that you are going to be critiquing
  4. Having chosen the book or piece of literature that you wish to critique, you need to begin your paper by informing the reader of the choices that you have made.

  5. Summarize any ideas that have been written about
  6. The next step is to give a brief summary of the piece of literature that you are critiquing, summarising any of the main points about the piece of work.

  7. Describe how well the work was structured and presented
  8. Whilst the first two steps are more informative and objective, the next step involves a more subjective point of view, whereby you will give your opinions of how successful the author was in structuring and presenting the work.

  9. Decide whether or not your critique essay will look upon the work in a positive or negative light
  10. Having discussed the structure and presentation, you will also need to decide on whether you think you thought the piece of work was good or bad overall. It may be that you compare the work to other pieces of literature written by the author, or simply other literature in that or other genres. It is entirely possible that you think there were some positives and negatives, so mentioned both if this is the case.

  11. Bring the argument to a conclusion
  12. Having discussed what you liked and disliked about the piece of literature that you are critiquing, you then need to bring these arguments to a conclusion. This is particularly important if you have highlighted both positive and negative aspects of the work.

  13. Write any subsequent drafts
  14. Having written the first draft, you will need to go over the work again in subsequent drafts until you are happy with it.

  15. Proofread and edit the work
  16. Finally, as with any essay, you need to proofread and edit the work before it is ready to be handed in.

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