Analytic Paper Assignment
Overview: Write an analysis of one article, book, or book chapter on Machiavelli’s Prince or
Mandragola. Note: This means that your paper should be an analysis of someone else’s work on
one of the texts. Dr. Cooper has posted some materials on D2L.
Paper Length: 10 pages (not including bibliography and notes).
What is an analytical paper?
An interpretation of a text designed to reveal in some way, through a discussion of the details of
the text, the text’s full, or at least fuller, meaning. The implication is that the full meaning of the
text is not self-evident but that the text itself requires discussion to be understood. Your paper will
provide this discussion.
NB: this paper requires you to develop your own argument, which means that anything you claim
must be grounded in the original text.
Your paper might consider the following questions:
What question is the author trying to answer?
What are the substantive claims they have made?
What evidence do they use to support each claim?
What are the implications for the dialogue if I read it through the author’s lens?
Are there any elements of the dialogue that the author did not discuss or acknowledge?
How does my reading of the dialogue relate to the author’s?
What are the similarities or the divergences in our arguments?
Why is this the case?