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ENC 1101- Prof. Berkley

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Image Analysis Essay


Assignment Description: Write an argumentative essay based on an image. The argument should focus on the image and the message the image conveys. All evidence for your argument should come from the image. The analysis should come from you. An excellent essay will analyze the image in a way that conveys a deeper meaning than one gets from simply observing the image.


Assignment Outcomes: The Image Analysis Essay should demonstrate your ability to make a logical argument that is well supported by evidence and correct use of MLA format and citation style.


Assignment Requirements:

  1. Write an argumentative essay on an image. The image can not include any text.

  2. Have an arguable thesis that is well supported by every paragraph of the essay.

  3. Have a conclusion that answers the questions, “So what?”

  4. The only required source is the image itself. If necessary for your argument, you may bring in other sources that give historical era, artist’s information, or other background material that provides context for the image. All sources must be from a credible, academic source like those found in the Broward College databases.

  5. Correctly cite and document sources according to MLA format, using both in-text citations and the works cited list.

  6. Essays must be 800-1,000 words minimum.


Advice: Choose an image that evokes a strong reaction in you. Look for an image that is rich, so you have plenty of material with which to work. You may also want to tie it thematically to the research you've done in the other two essays.


Norman Rockwell Museum

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