That just means that if you do run into one, it can be more intimidating.
I’m here to explain the process of writing a critical lens essay that takes away the uncertainty so that you can tackle your topic with confidence.
As Malcolm X once said, “If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.”While critics often get a bad rap, they have the important task of taking information from movies and literature, analyzing the information, and breaking it down for their readers, viewers, or listeners.
When you write your critical lens essay, you have to put on your critic hat—except you won’t be analyzing a specific piece of literature in the same way you would for an analytical essay.
Alternatively, if the sources clearly contain opposing viewpoints, we cast them as “enemies”—Source X argues that standardized testing should be used to evaluate high school teachers, but Source Y argues that it should not.
It might seem like the way to add complexity to such theses would be to define the sources as “frenemies”– Source X and Source Y both argue that standardized tests should be used to evaluate high school teachers, but only Source X argues that student reports should also be used to evaluate high school teachers.Before we get into how to write your critical lens essay, we should first talk a little more about what it is.It’s not an essay type that’s extremely common in most English or literature classes.by Emily Hogin One of the most common prompts I see at the Writing Center is the “lens essay.” A lens essay brings two texts in dialogue with one another in a very particular way.It asks you to use Text B – the lens – to illuminate something you didn’t already know about Text A.A critical lens essay is one in which you analyze a quote using one, and often two or more, pieces of literature.It’s considered an analytical essay because you’re still analyzing literature in the process, but just under a more specific critical lens.by Maia Silber When comparing two sources, it’s easy to fall into what I like to call the “friends, enemies, and frenemies” trap.If the two sources present similar perspectives, our first instinct might be to label them “friends”—Source X and Source Y both argue that standardized testing should be used to evaluate high school teachers.Source X and Source Y might both be using the same tool—the value of meritocracy, say—and come to entirely different conclusions.Source X argues that standardized test scores provide the most objective way to measure teachers’ performance, but Source Y argues that in-class evaluations provide a larger picture of teachers’ merit.