Could you please help me make an introduction according to this essay topic: "The desire for power is dangerous - leading only to destruction" Compare and contrast how this statement is explored...

Could you please help me make an introduction according to this essay topic:

"The desire for power is dangerous - leading only to destruction"

Compare and contrast how this statement is explored in Shakespeare's Macbeth and Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

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Introductions are often the hardest parts of the essay to write. The goal of the introduction is to prepare the reader for the topic you are about to develop. It is important to keep the information general and not get too specific with your supporting evidence in the introduction, because this will end up causing you to repeat yourself later in the essay. By the time the reader finishes reading the introduction, he should be familiar with topic of the essay, and everything that follows in the essay should make logical sense.

For this topic, which deals with how the desire for power leads to destruction in both Shakespeare's Macbeth and Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, you will want to mention the following in your introduction:

  1. The names of the works, along with the authors
  2. At or near the beginning of the essay, a general statement about how narratives always involve conflicts, and those conflicts often include an unwise desire for power.
  3. A statement similar to the prompt.
  4. An acknowledgement that, although these stories are very different, they still address the basic human need to control events and people.

For the statement similar to the prompt (#3 above), make sure to reword the prompt so that you are not simply “parroting” it. Instead of repeating the prompt with:

The desire for power is dangerous—leading only to destruction

I would say something like:

In both Of Mice and Men and Macbeth, the downfall of key characters is caused by their pursuit of power.

The subsequent paragraphs of your essay can then get into the specifics of how Macbeth seeks power and falls, and how a character from Of Mice and Men does the same. For Of Mice and Men, I would suggest focusing on Curley, as he is the only character that seems to feel the need to project power onto others, such as his wife and Lennie. 

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