Writing a Critique - Writing a Critique Writing a Critique When you write a critique your goal is to make a formal analysis of and response to a

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Writing a Critique Writing a Critique When you write a critique, your goal is to make a formal analysis of and response to a piece of writing, whether a selected passage, an entire essay or an entire novel. Your purpose encompasses both explaining and evaluating. In general, a critique includes these components (1) an introduction; (2) an objective, concise summary of the work or passage ;(3) an objective analysis of the authors presentation of the material; (4) a subjective response detailing your opinion of how the author handled his subject, whether or not he achieved his purpose and how his style and structure connected with his purposes; (5) a conclusion. A critique differs from a summary, which is an objective restatement in your own words of the original material. When you summarize, you leave out your personal or subjective viewpoint. In a critique, you begin objectively but then add your own subjective response. A Note on Verb Tense Whenever you write about or refer to another person’s work, use the present tense “Truman Capote suggests…” or” Capote argues that…” Use the past tense only to refer to something that happened before the time span of the work. “Capote’s work is then result of what first began as a magazine article.” Introduction
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2011 for the course ASIAN STUD 5A taught by Professor Laveck,k during the Spring '06 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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