Diagnostic Essay Visual Analysis Analyzing Visual Texts Using OPTIC Paying attention to the details is a habit that is a necessary part of effective analysis. As you analyze visual texts (paintings, photographs, advertisements, maps, charts or graphs), the OPTIC strategy can help you construct meaning in order to write an effective analysis. • Overview of the image. Basically, what is this image about. • Parts that seem important (color, figures, textures, groupings, shadings, patterns, numbers, repetitions, etc.) • Title or text that contributes to the meaning. • Interrelationships in the image. Consider how the parts come together to create a mood or convey an idea or an argument. • Conclusion that interprets the meaning of the image as a whole. ENGL III Write an essay using the OPTIC strategy in which you analyze the message Robert Ariail conveys in this cartoon. Formulating Your Thesis • Rewrite the prompt at the top of your paper. • Circle the cartoonist’s name. • Underline the title of piece or subject of proposed essay. • Draw a box around the task. • Write your essay.