How to Write an Essay



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How to Write an Essay

  • Without driving yourself crazy
  • Essay Subjects leading to topics for a compare and contrast essay on Our Twisted Hero and Lord of the Flies:power, masculinity, cultures and their rules, order and disorder, negative behaviors and influences, leadership, peer pressure, bullying, coming of age, self-discovery.

Brainstorming

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  • power
  • Jack
  • Om Sokdae
  • masculinity
  • Human characteristics
  • The temporary triumph of brute force

The Thesis

  • Must be debatable
  • Must be one sentence
  • Must be at the end of the opening paragraph
  • Must connect to the meaning of the work as a whole
  • Example: Brute physical and emotional force, while effective in the short term, will eventually fail, but often with deep psychological consequences.

The Opening Paragraph

  • Title
  • Hook
  • Introduction of author, work, time period
  • Thesis statement

Broad Discussion

  • In all cultures brutal forces attain leadership causing havoc and pain to ordinary citizens. For example, supported only by a small minority of the citizens of Syria, President al-Assad brutality represses the majority with his military and police forces. President Obama says he is “standing in the way” of democracy. Yet, he remains confident of his continuing rule. However, history cannot be on his side, and eventually the power of the majority will prevail. One wonders why these leaders capture power and why others help and support their actions. In literature there are many examples of text demonstrating these aggressive, repressive men. For example, two novels, Lord of the Flies and Our Twisted Hero, both show antagonists subjegating others to their iron rule, abetted by enforcers who identify with the leader.

Transition to Paper-Identify Authors, Titles, synopsis

  • For example, two novels, Lord of the Flies and Our Twisted Hero, both show antagonists subjugating others to their iron rule, abetted by enforcers who identify with the leader. In Lord of the Flies by Golding, a group of boys abandoned on a island fight for control, and in Our Twisted Hero, a new student does battle with a class monitor who exercises total control over the students.

Debatable thesis

  • The Korean novel shows the fall of the oppressor, while Lord of the Flies indicates the oppressor winning; however, a close reading concludes that while force may win temporarily, ultimately those oppressed will prevail.

Elements of the Opening Paragraph

  • The Hook: statistic, anecdote, quotation, or (not in this class) question
  • “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves-Anon.”
  • Transition word or phrase to Broad Discussion, which is defined as a general discussion leading into the text.

How to Write a Compare and Contrast Essay-two types:

  • Point to point

Embedded Quotation

  • Early in the novel, Om Sokdae’s regime is characterized as brutal, “ He slapped the boy. . .made him kneel …with his arms raised” describes the punishment he meted out for a minor infraction (14).

Body Paragraphs

  • Topic Sentence
  • Quote
  • Explication
    • Identify any literary devices


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