How do I write an introduction for an essay which compares the stories The Nightingale and the Rose and Abie's Irish Rose?

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In this case, it sounds like you are supposed to write a compare/contrast essay on the opera entitled "The Nightingale and the Rose" and the play "Abie's Irish Rose."

Remember when it comes to writing an essay, the introduction is not actually the first thing you write.  Instead, follow a few pre-writing steps, and your entire essay (including the introduction) should be much easier.

  1. Make a list of themes, ideas, subjects, or lessons that each story has in common.
  2. Choose one or two of the above (two, if they are closely related) and write a statement that shows how the two stories are thematically similar.
  3. Create a list of ideas and examples of how each story sets out to prove the theme statement from #2.
  4. Categorize ideas from #3 into three areas of analysis (your 3 body paragraphs).

Now you basically have your thesis statement (#2 above) and three sub-topics (#4 above).  This is your outline.  Fill it in with specific examples from each story.

Once your outline is complete, the introduction is easy.  It only needs to contain a hook (catch your audiences attention in 1-3 sentences), your thesis statement, and your three sub-topics in the order you plan to cover them in the paper.

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