How can I start off my introduction in my English essay talking about the presentation of strong feelings in Romeo and Juliet and Jane Eyre?I struggle with English and I tend to waffle on and I...

How can I start off my introduction in my English essay talking about the presentation of strong feelings in Romeo and Juliet and Jane Eyre?

I struggle with English and I tend to waffle on and I want to do well in school so I just needed some help on how I could maybe lay out the essay and do the introduction; thank you  

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Let’s start with the essay form in the abstract; then you can apply that to your two literature subjects.  An essay is a “try” at making a point-of-view claim and supporting the claim with specific evidence.  The best essay starts with a strong, interesting, challenging claim (not simply one side of an argument):  try looking at your subjects and finding something about “the presentation of strong feelings” that is your own unique observation—the language used, the indirect expression, the use of a literary device, something that demonstrates that you have examined the material closely.  Make that your “thesis statement”—the point to be demonstrated and illustrated by the example you found.  The one-sentence thesis statement should be imbedded in an opening paragraph (preferably the last sentence), one that draws the reader in to your interesting “take.”  Then, list (in your notebook), at least three good supports, and give each point its own paragraph, fleshing it out, elaborating (but staying on the subject), and arguing convincingly.  Next, write a “rebuttal” paragraph answering anticipated objections to your view.  Finally, close the essay with a rephrasing of your thesis statement, using rhetorical language such as “clearly, as has been shown.”  You should end that last paragraph with an outward-pointing suggestion for further examination, such as “In light of these revelations, it would be fruitful to examine other works by these same authors to see if a pattern exists in their canons.”

    As for the actual subject (“presentation of strong feelings…”), you are the expert, because you have examined the topic closely and with attention to detail!! Rely on your own ability to think clearly!  These two works are rich in details of “strong feelings”, not just romantic, but angry, loyal, etc.   Good luck!

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