I am writing an essay on "The Story of an Hour" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". I want to write about their similarities and differences with regards to irony in the paper. Can you help?I...

I am writing an essay on "The Story of an Hour" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". I want to write about their similarities and differences with regards to irony in the paper. Can you help?

I believe that I can do a better job with a revised introductory paragragh. The thesis statement "Both characters use dreams to explore freedom and both sets of dreams are only tempoary before reality comes crushing down." The flow of my introductory paragragh needs additional content? Any ideas?

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katehackett | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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I don't want to simply write your introduction for you. Instead, I'd rather help you learn how to write an effective, interesting intro so you don't run into this problem again.  

I'm going to assume you have an outline in the following format (adjusted for personal comfort, you don't have to have this EXACT outline - just something near it, so you have organized thought patterns): 

I. Intro.

Thesis: Both characters use dreams to explore freedom and both sets of dreams are only temporary...

II. Support 1: character 1 freedom

III. Support 2: character 2 freedom

IV. Support 3 ch. 1 temp

V. Support 4: ch.2 temp

VI. Wrap it together & explore similiarities/Conclusion

Again, this is adjustable for length/etc.

So in order to transition effectively from your intro to your supports, you want to give your reader some gentle guide into the paper. What made you think of this thesis? What, in a slightly broader context, does this kind of connection draw from? Is there a worldly basis for it? Are you speaking to things larger than just this paper? Think about how the writers send this message. Why do they do it? Are their reasons similar or different? Just reach beyond your prompt & thesis and you'll find a way to draw it all together.

Something along the lines of "X and Y characters go through X and Y experiences. The specifics may be different, but the arching premise remains the same..." Or whatever may fit with your paper.

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