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I need an introduction about To Kill a Mockingbird for an essay.Thank you for any help

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andrelemus | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 4, 2010 at 7:49 AM via web

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I need an introduction about To Kill a Mockingbird for an essay.

Thank you for any help

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 4, 2010 at 8:15 AM (Answer #1)

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We here at enotes can't write an introduction for you and we shouldn't.  You won't learn much if we do it for you.  A person learns by writing, that's why you were given the assignment.

An introduction doesn't have to be difficult, though.  First, it's usually easier to write the introduction last, not first.  Your research will be centered on the body paragraphs, not the introduction.  That's one of the reasons writer's often suffer writer's blocks when they try to write an introduction first, so write it last.

Concerning your essay, try introducing your topic with something you will not be centering on.  Use another topic as the lead-in, a related topic, maybe.  For example, if you're centering on Scout, lead with Boo.  Deal with Scout's views of Boo, maybe, and what that reveals about Scout.  That can lead to Scout's overall character and personality.

Or you could begin with the movie if you're centering on the book.   

The possibilities are endless. 

If you include your topic in the question, we could give you more specific suggestions.  We need to know what your thesis is before we can specifically help you with an introduction.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 4, 2010 at 8:50 AM (Answer #2)

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Here are more suggestions for your introduction to your essay on the Harper Lee novel, To Kill a Mockingbird:

If you are writing a character analysis, you may wish to begin with a passage that is pivotal to an understanding of the particular character(s) you will analyze.  Also, try comparing the character from Lee's book to another from a classic or renowned work in a lead into your analysis.

Likewise, if you are going to write about theme(s) you may wish to include a pertinent passage from the novel that underscores the theme(s) you will discuss.  Or make an observation of your own that relates to the theme(s).

For more help, see the help site on writing an introduction listed below.  Good luck!

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andrelemus | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 5, 2010 at 8:40 AM (Answer #3)

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hey, thanks for your help, i apreciate it..... i will try!!!! bye take care!!!!

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