Critical analysis is a way for the writer to express her or his opinion or interpretation about a text. Critical analysis requires critical thinking, which is essentially the process by which we make sense of all the information around us. Therefore, critical thinking guides us in recognizing, formulating, and examining arguments. There is another literature term: argument. All language use has an argumentative edge. For example: when you says “hi” to the someone, it seems like there is nothing argumentative about it, but you are actually convincing them that you are happy to see them. Even pictures have argumentative edge. When a newspaper puts a big picture in their front page, they are persuading that this is the picture of the day, that the readers should focus on it. Therefore, recognizing an argument in a text as well as constructing one’s own argument are very important for critical analysis.
For my upcoming critical analysis prezi presentation, I would like to focus on the way the authors tell their memoirs by analyzing Sapatri’s Persepolis and Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-five. One major difference that one could easily recognize about these texts is that one is a science fiction, and the other one is a graphic novel. Thus, these two novels are not the usual memoirs that we have seen. I would like to explore more about the effect that each method (science fiction and graphic novel) has on the writer’s way of telling their life story. For example, by using science fiction, Vonnegut is not constrained by the idea of time; his character is able to move freely through time. On the other hand, by using graphic novel, Sapatri could easily describe the way she perceived the world when she was a child; she cannot do this by using words.