After carefully considering the strengths and weaknesses of Tolstoy’s arguments regarding the definition/nature and value of art (What is Art? Chapters I and II, V and VI, and XV, XVI, and XVIII), provide a focused critical analysis of Tolstoy’s thesis in up to 5 pages.Keep in mind that this task requires at least two different efforts: (1) Summarily reconstructing Tolstoy’s line of argumentation, and (2) providing a critical analysis of Tolstoy’s thesis, focusing on your main points of agreement or disagreement with this author’s arguments (do not forget to sufficiently justify your positions and to draw the necessary consequences from your agreement/disagreement with Tolstoy’s arguments).This is an argumentative essay. As such, you should present a clear, concise, complete, and accurate thesis statement in your introduction and defend it throughout your essay. Keep in mind that the thesis statement is the formulation of your thesis, not that of Tolstoy. Your thesis is essentially the point that you are trying to prove in the essay, e.g., that Tolstoy was right, wrong, partly right or partly wrong, etc. In the body of the essay (the development), you will have to provide arguments that sustain that same point.
There are several different ways to critically analyze an author’s work, including but not limited to:
1) You may want to detail how the author’s argument fails to persuade or argue that the argument has a significant problem that weakens the author’s work.
2) You may choose to argue that the author’s argument is particularly strong because of x.
3) You might try to expand or strengthen the author’s argument by adding your own insight to the original argument.
4) You could defend a kind of blended thesis that the argument is strong in one aspect but weak in another.
5) Perhaps some combination of 1-4
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