|INTRO PARAGRAPH EXAMPLES
Following are examples of introductory paragraphs, written by students. The assignment was to write an intro paragraph, pretending that the essay was focusing on a theme from “The Tell-Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allen Poe. Each of these paragraphs has an attention-grabber, a transitional statement, and the thesis of the paper. They should serve as a model for the introductory paragraph you will be writing for the literary analysis:
Story: “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe
Theme from the Story: A guilty conscience will haunt you!
Have you ever felt guilty before and you had to tell someone, but you couldn’t? In “The Tell-Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allen Poe, the narrator is very guilty. A strong theme I see in this story is a guilty conscience will haunt you.
Have you ever done something so horrible and so mean that the guilt has just consumed you? Or maybe bullied somebody, and you thought it was funny at first, but then felt bad, later? If you haven’t ever felt guilt, then you’re in for a ride. In the story, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allen Poe, a man did something horrible and it drove him mad. A guilty conscience will always haunt you.
Have you ever been eaten alive by guilt? Have you ever done anything you’ve know was wrong, but still told someone in order to get it off your chest? Well, in this story, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allen Poe, you learn that a guilty conscience will always come back to haunt you.
Have you ever done something that you thought you could get away with, then bad Karma comes after you? That’s why you have to be careful of what you do. You would learn that in “The Tell-Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allen Poe, a guilty conscience will always haunt you.