I have to write an essay on the Iliad (5-6 double spaced pages). I would like some help getting ideas, finding quotes ect. to support my topic.
The assignment is:
What is the role of rage in human relations? According to Homer, is there legitimate place in society for the expression of rage? If so, where? If not, then why is that? The answer must be rooted in the text. Also, is there such a thing as a 'just war'? If so, what is the justification? In not then why?
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It sounds like you have all the ideas you need in the assignment. All you need to do is answer the questions and support your statements with quotes from the text. Treat each part of the assignment as a question that needs answering, but incorporate "Why, or why not?" as part of the essay body. You don't need to write a paragraph on each.
For a 5-6 page essay, you should follow the standard essay format: Outline, Introduction, Thesis, Body, Conclusion, Bibliography. By using all these parts you can make your essay clear and concise, without wasted words. Incorporate the major question in the above assignment into your introduction, and then answer it with your thesis statement. The second link below will guide you through the essay style, but here are a few pointers:
Always write whole sentences. When quoting inside a paragraph, indicate your transition with a colon or comma, and place the quote inside quotation marks. If the quote is only part of a full sentence, preceed it, inside the quotation marks, with an ellipses: "...". Never begin or end a sentence with "and."
Double-space your paper! I cannot emphasize this enough; too many students try to get away with 1.5 or some other strange spacing. Double-space is easy in most text editors and will literally double your page count! Treat it as a friend, not an enemy.
Try to keep your sentences short and to the point. You may use more than one comma per sentence, but always check for clarity. Read each sentence out loud and see where the pauses fall naturally, and place the commas there. Use semicolons sparingly; they can become extremely annoying when placed incorrectly.
Do not use the personal voice. You, the writer, are entirely impersonal; there is no "I" in "essey." Clearly state the question and apply your opinion as a statement; you are supporting your thesis with the paper as a whole.
The full text of the Iliad is linked below. The nice thing about Homer's works is that you'll never lack for quotes; the books are full of them! To aid in finding proper quotations, use the eNotes study guide to find which book of the Iliad you need, and then run a simple "find" inside your browser for a word or name. Beware: many of the names are mentioned dozens of times even in a single paragraph.
There is a lot more information on here about writing essays. If you have more questions, don't hesitate to ask.
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