How to Write a Critique of a Famous Book

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A critique is defined as a thorough reading and analysis of a passage or book. The critique picks up where the objective summary has left off. In a review, it includes a brief overview to allow the readers to grasp the fundamental ideas faster as well as the proofs under examination. Critiques are found in all sizes and shapes. The following is a proper process for writing an analysis.

Read the passage thoroughly. You should make notes and jot down the questions you have about the book. You also need to highlight what you want to quote. Spend more time in this step as it helps you to understand it fully. Then, you need to write a summary while identifying the main points of the author. List the kinds of proofs used to persuade the reader to accept that thesis. Ensure that you figure out why the author wrote the book and to whom he writes it.

You should set your agreements with the author's side. Therefore, you should investigate the author's argument and check if the author offers complete and valuable information. Also, you can check if the author provides information which is relevant to the issue. Confirm, if the author has defined the theme clearly and adequately.

After scrutinizing the passage, you can use that information for drafting a response to that passage. In this, you should proceed by agreeing or disagreeing with the proofs and views of the author. You should discuss the specific reason for agreeing or disagreeing. The value of the critique lies in one's ability to define why they have accepted or disagreed.

Draft a Critique

First, you need to include an introduction where you introduce the passage and the author. In the opening, ensure that you clearly state the thesis of the author as well as the argument. Talk about what you know about the author and the issues under discussion.

Next, write a summary. The summary you had drafted should be used as a basis for this draft. Ensure that you have used enough transitions as it helps the writing to flow smoothly.

Write your analysis of the book. You should present the reader with an in-depth analysis of the validity of the logic of that author and the use of evidence. Ensure that you have shown your information in a way that it can be followed quickly. Make use of the transitional elements, where required, for preserving the smooth flow of your writing.

Use your response to that argument. As said, one can agree or disagree with the views of the author. Therefore, you should make your evaluations on that issue. Ensure that your arguments are well supported. Provide compelling reasons for why you have disagreed or agreed with the author.

Conclusion. Here you should evaluate the overall success of the author or failures. Write about the strength and weakness of that passage.


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