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While it is not the policy of Enotes to write essays for students, we editors are glad to offer suggestions on how to write the essay.
First of all, on the topic of personal responsibility, the student will want to hook the reader with what is often called a "motivator." This is a reflection or a quotation or a question that piques the curiosity of the reader. Regarding personal responsibility, there are any number of great thinkers/writers who have written on this topic. For example, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, who wrote Le Petit Prince, observed "To be man, is to be responsible." In other words, because one exists, one must be responsible. As another example, the great metaphysical poet John Donne wrote that all men are connected,
No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
Because of this connection there is an implied responsibility that each man has for the other. In other words, what each man does has an effect upon others. This is why societies are formed under the umbrella of certain laws. For, those who are not responsible in their actions and speech infringe upon the safety and the happiness of others within that society.
So, in forming a thesis for the essay, the student will want to make a statement about why personal responsibility is essential in a civilized society, giving three opinions which, then, can each be formed into topic sentences for the body of the essay. Such things as how theft is detrimental to a society in cost and in the sense of security can be one opinion, for instance.
Perhaps, the student may wish to use statistics as supporting details. For example, if the first paragraph is about taking personal responsibility in the use of natural resources, the student can research how much water, or some other natural resource is wasted. There are any number of resources that can be researched with numerous studies and statistics as support.
In writing an essay of this sort, the student is essentially writing a persuasive essay, one meant to convince. Therefore, solid support for the topic sentences, which are the contentions of the argument are absolutely essential. Below is a link on how to write an argumentative essay.
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