How to Write an Essay Introduction (with Sample Intros)
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Excluding scientific and technical writing (which often has pre-established formats), most other topics lend themselves to a variety of introductory gambits. Suppose the assignment is to write a literary analysis of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita. Below are several different ways to start that essay. Please note that not all introductions would be appropriate for one particular thesis or approach. But having a repertoire of openings at our disposal often helps lead us to insights we didn’t know we had.
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Sometimes the main point of an essay about literature will involve a term that is not common knowledge or thatis used in a particular sense and, therefore, needs to be explained. The introduction is the perfect place to definevague or unusual terms to insure that the reader and the writer have the same meaning in mind when the writer discussesthe literary work. However, there is no need to explain common literary terms, such as simile, metaphor, setting,character, tone unless you can subtly work this definition into your thesis. As in a standard definition essay,describe what it is, explain the term to show how it differs of other types of its class, and what it is not.