Concept Analysis Essay: #4
Consider how language is important to perception and culture. Consider the notion that: the way we name things is affected by what we know or what we believe.
Your essay must go beyond simple definition. It should not be a process or procedure, but a concept. Analyzing a concept requires more than acceptance at face value. Rather, you must break it apart and explore its hidden complexities. This means you must question and examine your chosen concept at a new level.
- Double Spaced, 1” margins
- On the first page include: your name, instructor’s name, course and assignment, and date in upper left corner (no title sheets please).
- On each remaining page include page numbers
- Times New Roman (or similar font) in 12-point size
- MLA style
I’ve included a list of examples and questions to help get you get started. However, do not limit yourself to these ideas! They are only a starting point. Have fun and good luck!
Examples of Concepts:
Some questions to help you get inside your concept:
What does it mean?
- How does it influence of change people’s lives?
- How does it influence people’s thoughts?
- What is its primary purpose or function?
- What emotions or thoughts are associated with it?
- What behaviors are associated with it?
- What consequences or effects does it have?
- What is necessary to attain it or have it?
How does it matter to others?
- Is the concept generally agreed upon?
- Does the concept raise controversy? Explain why.
- Why is it important that people have an appropriate understanding of this concept?
- Are there complexities to the concept that people might overlook?
- Does the concept need to be rethought? Why?
- In what ways does it contribute to everyday life?
- Is this a popular or high profile concept in society?
- What is the possible connection between the topic and public concerns?
- What uncommon details reveal my point about the concept?
- Can I avoid telling the reader that something is “interesting,” “exciting,” ect., and instead create images or use examples that show it?
- Can I use metaphors to make the reader see the intensity or scope or depth of the concept?
- Can I show the reader a new way to see an everyday phenomenon?