Critical Analysis Essay

Choose one or two music videos (any that you want) and perform a visual analysis of them using the skills we learned in class. First, discuss the music and lyrics, then discuss how the video enhances the storytelling of the song. Describe the video: what are the elements you can see? Is there a narrative shown in the film? Does the video challenge your initial impression of the song, or add new impressions that weren’t there when you just heard the song? What is the historical and cultural context of the song and video? 

Your essay should have a clear thesis statement. You may use the first person (“I”) but most of the essay should focus on your analysis, rather than on your opinions.


Analysis Essay

~800-1200 words, 3-5 pages double-spaced 

15% of course grade


The usual.  Font: Times New Roman, size 12; 1-inch margins all around; a proper heading; page numbers; a title. For examples of how it should look, check out this page.

Due Dates

First Draft of at least 600 words placed in your google drive folder by Monday, March 1st, by 11:55 p.m.

Final Draft placed in your google drive folder by Monday, March 15th at 11:55 p.m.