Writing an interpretive essay includes sorting out details in a manner that is easy to understand for readers. Using an outline for this type of essay can make the writing process easier. You can make your own outline by listing sections of your essay and providing points and notes to mention. When you are not sure how to start your outline a sample is the next best option. Finding an appropriate sample depends on understanding reliable sources that offer related writing advice.
Love and Saint Augustine. By Hannah Arendt. Edited and with an Interpretive Essay by Joanna Vecchiarelli Scott and Judith Chelius Stark. University of Chicago Press. 233 pp. $22.50.
How to Write an Interpretive Essay
The difference between an analytical and an interpretive essay is very subtle, and both essays take essentially the same format. Technically, an interpretive essay clarifies the meaning of something according to your own understanding, while an analytical essay considers the different parts that make up a complex topic. There can definitely be overlap. Following the guidelines suggested in the different lessons will help clarify what topics are appropriate, but both types of essays should include the following elements: