Analysis of an Everyday Object

For this assignment, you will be working on an analysis of an object that is part of your life. You will introduce the object to your reader by describing it physically and explaining its function.

Your goal for the analysis is to deconstruct this object (physically, conceptually, ideologically) and offer your audience a new way to see or experience it. Often, in life, we ascribe simple meanings to objects; I’m looking for you to go deeper.

You will use inductive arguments to make some initial claims about your object. Once you have these claims laid out, you will overdetermine the object using your claims as a starting point. I want you to overthink what this object does or how it is relevant in the world. The good news is that there are no “right” or “wrong” answers in this exercise, but your claims should be logical.

Think about the object’s intended purpose, then consider how the object is used in ways that are beyond its intended purpose or function.

Think about what possessing this object says about the possessor or the larger culture in general.

You will give evidence for the claims that you are making about your chosen argument. Then, you must offer some analysis for the evidence. The evidence does not speak for itself. If you offer evidence without context and analysis, you are merely reporting facts. We need to see how you are thinking beyond the obvious. The goal for this essay is to generate new knowledge and expand the academic conversation about the relevance for this object. Explain how your analysis connects to your thesis.

The object you choose as your focus can be:

  • A specific object (Frisbee, Legos, Beats headphones)
  • A type of object (travel coffee cup, cellphone)
  • A collection of a kind of object (superhero action figures)
  • An object that is no longer part of popular culture (lawn darts, the yo-yo, unicycle)


  • Your analysis must reach beyond the surface level knowledge of this object.
  • You need to situate the reader in your introduction. We need to know what the object is and why the object and the analysis is important.
  • You must have a thesis statement. Your thesis statement tells us what your argument is and creates a focus and a purpose for this paper. If you don’t have a thesis, you don’t have an analytical essay.
  • You need an organizing strategy to keep your essay flowing in a logical manner.
  • You will also need focused topic sentences for every paragraph and they must connect to your thesis.
  • MLA format
  • 3 to 4 pages
  • Double-spaced
  • A title that reflects your argument
  • Times New Roman 12-point font
  • MS Word document (no Pages or PDFs please)

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