The word “critical” has many meanings and context. It is viewed very differently depending upon the situation under consideration. It can have positive as well as negative meanings. While writing a critical essay it is expected to use judgmental and decisive approach i.e. it has to be written in a way that agrees entirely with the reading.
It is expected from a critical essay that it describes the writer’s attitude when readers read his/ her essay. Here this attitude is referred to as an “isolated valuation,” meaning that readers weigh the rationality, reasonableness and shrewdness of the reading, the completeness of its data, and so on, before they accept or reject it.
Since critical essays are based on critical valuation of the main idea or plot. So it begins with an analysis or explanation of the reading, article-by-article, book by book or sometimes word by word. A good critical essay should include the following points:
- A outline of the author’s point of view, further including
- a thesis or theme statement which is a brief statement of the author’s main idea
- a sketch or draft of the important “facts” and details the author used to support the main idea or theme
- a summary of the author’s obvious or obscure values
- an arrangement of the author’s conclusion or suggestions for an action
2. A valuation of the author’s work, further including
- a review of the “facts” presented on the basis of accuracy, significance, and whether or not related or relevant facts were omitted
- an assessment or interpretation of the logical consistency of the author’s assertion
Thus a good written critical essay is one that has not omitted the above mentioned facts or points as normally all written critical essays are evaluated on these above mentioned points.