Aspects of an Argumentative Essay

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Aspects of an Argumentative Essay


The argumentative essay is an essay in which you argue a point -- an essay in which you prove a thesis.

The argumentative essay starts with an introduction. The introduction is the gateway into your paper, and it serves two roles. The introduction should grab your reader's attention and let him or her know what your paper will be about. Your thesis must also let your reader know what your essay will be about. By the time he or she finishes your conclusion, the reader should know what you intend to write about, what you think of that subject, and what specific statement you intend to prove.

The body is where you stop talking about what you're going to do in your essay and you start actually
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First, you must do some research, trying to decide whether the bulk of the evidence available supports or contradicts your thesis. Fven if your essay deals only with one text, research is still essential, as research in this sense can mean anything from rereading the assigned text with an eye toward finding passages that support your claim to heading to the library, bringing an entire section of books to a table, and spending hours poring over them. If the bulk of evidence contradicts your thesis, you will, of course, want to reconsider your thesis. If all the evidence supports your reading, consider yourself lucky. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, the body of the essay is very easy to write. When the bulk of the evidence supports your thesis, but there is some evidence contradicting it, you are in a position where you have to decide how to best present the supporting evidence, while dealing with the contradictory evidence in the best manner possible. Presenting the supporting evidence properly can be more difficult than it sounds.

While it may sound simple to present evidence that agrees with the point that you are trying to make, there is almost always one order that is more effective than others. As a rule of thumb, you want to start with general principles and move toward specifics. This holds true whether you are talking about contexts or novels themselves. It makes no sense to analyze a particular paragraph of a novel, for example, without placing…

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