Best way to start an essay? (AS level)

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How should you start an essay on a novel? I never know how to properly introduce the essay without repeating what I've said later on in the essay!

Does anyone have any tips?


Posted Mon 8th October, 2012 @ 22:51 by furuba fan

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Always have an intro.

It is always liked if you start with a quote, or with close reference to the book itself.

For example in English lit:

This question is closely linked to - intentions of the novel as a whole....

Answered Mon 15th October, 2012 @ 18:26 by AlyssaSaurus
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with an introduction :) just make a brief structure of what the essay is on , id advise that when you begin your essay that you refer to the question you are about to answer and expand on that.

Answered Tue 9th October, 2012 @ 17:46 by sakura ikumi
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I was actually told that in an exam not to write an introduction because it's wasting time and ur just basically writing out the question again, is this true???

Answered Tue 9th October, 2012 @ 22:17 by Amba
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No, you definitely need an Introduction to introduce the text, a one sentence overview of the plot and how you will answer the question. Here's an example.... 

In Shakespeare’s ‘1 Henry IV’ the cast is largely dominated by males and women do not play as greater role as one sees in other works of his. However, to a certain degree, Shakespeare presents women throughout the play at all socio-economic levels to present thematic ideas. He presents women in the play through the Percy’s wives (namely that of Harry Percy) and through the wives of their allies; as well as through the hostess of the Boars Head tavern.


Answered Wed 10th October, 2012 @ 07:17 by Alex
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id write an introduction and as for exams its best to just write a small introduction

Answered Wed 10th October, 2012 @ 18:44 by sakura ikumi
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Ok thanks guys :)

Answered Thu 11th October, 2012 @ 15:58 by Amba
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In your introduction you must introduce the overall point the essay is making.

The introduction gives a brief answer to the question.

The rest of the essay expands on your answer and gives evidence for it.

Introductions outline the text and explain what is to follow and hint on what direction it will follow in.

:) Good Luck! 

Answered Sun 21st October, 2012 @ 13:22 by Former Member
Edited by Former Member on Sun 21st October, 2012 @ 13:25
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An introduction should be a brief explanation which reinforces the question but in different words to show your understanding. But, it is also useful to generally identify what your essay will be about but be careful not to go into much detail. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask. 

And I actually find it very useful to have a hypotheses about the novel; a statement about what you are trying to show and use that as a guide for your essay hence in your introduction you will briefly explain your hypothesis about the novel then go on to write about the novel all the while referring back to your hypothesis and then ending with a conclusion of how you proved your hypothesis or disproved it. 

Answered Mon 22nd October, 2012 @ 20:56 by Kelly smith
Edited by Kelly smith on Mon 22nd October, 2012 @ 20:58