Analytical essay on non-fiction (HHX)

Det følgende er et eksempel på, hvordan et 12-tals analytical essay om en non-fiction tekst kan se ud. Eksemplet er baseret på en opgaveformulering fra HHX A:

Write an analytical essay in which you analyse the text "Let's Be Honest, Gun Control Opponents" by Nick Laure. Part of your essay must focus on argumentative and linguistic features. Based on your analysis, assess if Nick Laure is successful in communicating his message.

Write the analytical essay in English.

Word count: 800-1200 words

Opgaven handler om et blogindlæg fra The Huffington Post. Vi anbefaler, at du læser blogindlægget først, så du bedre kan forstå vores eksempelbesvarelse. Du kan også læse vore…

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Analytical essay on “Let’s Be Honest, Gun Control Opponents”

Gun control is a hotly debated issue in the United States. The Second Amendment guarantees American citizens the right to bear arms and many American politicians and interest groups strongly support this right and resist attempts to regulate guns. However, in the wake of a number of mass shootings, others have called for stricter regulation of guns. Nick Laure’s blog post “Let’s Be Honest, Gun Control Opponents” takes a strong anti-gun stance, as he tries to deconstruct the favourite arguments of gun control opponents to show that they are more interested in protecting guns than protecting human lives.

Vores analytical essay starter med en tragtindledning, som først kommer med et par helt overordnede observationer om våbendebatten i USA. Her giver vi både en introduktion til tekstens hovedemne og viser vores viden om amerikanske samfundsforhold.

Herefter bevæger vi os videre til en præsentation af den konkrete tekst, som vores essay handler om, og husker samtidig at flette forfatterens navn og tekstens genre ind. Til sidst kommer vi kort ind på Nick Laures intention, for at give et varsel om, at det bliver det centrale fokus for vores essay.

Right from the start Laure adopts a very informal tone: “Hello, gun rights advocates!” (l.1). This tone continues throughout the text. He frequently uses contractions and interjections, making the text feel closer to a conversation than an article: “Oh, and please don’t allow me to forget…” (l. 62). This style is a common feature of the blog post genre, though this text is an unusually extreme example.

Another feature that gives the text a conversational feel is Laure’s use of rhetorical questions, addressed to his…

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