The Topic Sentence “The Perfect Killer”

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The Topic Sentence

“The Perfect Killer”

  • The shark’s jaw is located far back beneath his long snout, but this does not prevent him from biting directly into the flesh. When he opens the jaw, the lower jawbone is thrust forward while the snout is drawn back and up, until it makes almost a right angle with the axis of the body. At this moment, the mouth is located forward of the head and no longer beneath it. It resembles a large wolftrap, equipped with innumerable sharp and gleaming teeth. The shark plants this mechanism in the body of the victim and uses the weight of his body in a series of frenzied convulsions, transforming the teeth and jawbones into saws. The force of this sawing effect is such that it requires no more than an instant for a shark to tear off a splendid morsel of flesh. When the shark swims off, he has left a deep and perfectly outlined hole in the body of his victim. It is terrifying and nauseating to watch.
  • Picasso’s Bulls

What is a topic sentence?

  • Topic sentences state the main idea of the paragraph- they act as mini thesis statements for your paragraphs.
  • The rest of the paragraph must expand, describe, or prove what the topic sentence states in some way.
  • Topic sentences make a point and give reasons or examples to support it.

Brainstorming Supporting Paragraphs

  • Thesis Statement: Through Montresor, Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” suggests that revenge with impunity is impossible.
    • Paragraph 1: Monstresor is telling this story 50 years later as an old man to someone who knows him well.
    • Paragraph 2: Montresor states that his heart grew sick as he listened to Fortunato’s screams. He then pauses and pretends it is on account of the dampness of the catacombs.
    • Paragraph 3: Montresor is an unreliable narrator.
  • Topic sentence: a topic sentence has a topic and a focus.
    • Topic: Montresor telling his story
    • Focus: Reveals life of torment as a result of his crime
  • TS1: Montresor’s need to confess his story fifty years later reveals that his crime has tormented him throughout his life.
  • TS2: Another indication of Montresor’s guilt is the fact that he hesitates before forcing the last stone into its position.


  • Thesis: William Golding uses symbolism in the form of the conch to represent the concept of society. The boys’ evolving relationship with the conch illustrates that humans, when removed from the pressures of civilized authority, will become evil. TS1: In the beginning, the boys view the conch as an important symbol that unites them and gives them the power to deal with their difficult situation. TS2: Gradually, however, the conch becomes less important to the boys, signifying their gradual turn to evil.
  • Thesis: In a Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens utilizes the character of Sidney Carton to show that a wasted life can be redeemed. TS1: When he first appears in the novel, Dickens portrays Sidney Carton as a loveless outcast who sees little worth in himself or in others.

Ingredients for a GREAT PARAGRAPH

  • A Great Paragraph Always Contains One Topic Sentence, At Least Five Supporting Sentences, and One Conclusion Sentence. 1-5-1
  • A Great Paragraph Always Has a Topic Sentence That Contains a Subject and a Focus.
  • A Great Paragraph Always Stays On The Topic
  • A Great Paragraph Always Has Proper Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, and Capitalization, and Indentation
  • A Great Paragraph Never Repeats Ideas or Sentence Beginnings.
  • Furthermore, when you write the first draft of your Great Paragraph, be sure to underline your topic and conclusion sentences. Also, be sure to circle the first word of each sentence you write.

Hooking your reader

  • You can think of an essay hook as you would a fishing hook: it's something that grabs a reader and reels him in. The hook for your essay could be any interesting sentence that captures attention and keeps the reader reading.
  • The hook for your essay often appears in the very first sentence. It can be an interesting quote, a little-known fact, famous last words, or a statistic.
  • In this essay, you will use a quotation hook.

Quotation Hooks

  • The quote you choose should:
    • Not be from Great Expectations
    • Apply to the theme you have chosen
    • Hook your reader’s interest!
  • Make sure you attribute the quote to the author.

Quotation Hook

  • Thomas Moore, the Irish poet, once wrote, “Those who plot the destruction of others often perish in the attempt.”
  • This quote relates to a major theme in “The Cask of Amontillado.”


  • This quote implies that one who plans to destroy another’s life will ultimately destroy his or her own life in the process.
  • This section of the introduction explains the quotation hook and depicts its main message.

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