I am writing a synthesis essay on Night by Elie Wiesel and The Cage by Ruth Minster Sender. I am having trouble with piecing together a good, solid hook to begin. Here's my thesis statement as of right now: "Although dire situations often drive people to do horrible things in order to survive, there are still examples in which people retain their humanity and help one another, even if it means potential danger to themselves." How should I structure this essay? What are three points I could use to compare and contrast the texts?

For the structure of your essay, I would suggest having one section about survival instincts in both texts and one about the triumph of empathy. In your body paragraphs, your focus should be on the examples you choose to bolster your argument instead of on broad generalizations, which you can use in your introduction to frame your essay.

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Your thesis statement is excellent so far. My only suggestion is to incorporate the titles of the texts you are working with. You could do this by starting your thesis statement with "These texts both exemplify that although dire situations ..." It is especially important to do this when you are writing a synthesis essay. The purpose of a synthesis essay is for you to take two distinct texts and show how they form a cohesive (or disparate) argument on a theme, in this case, how survival instincts impact goodwill in desperate situations.

It can be intimidating to structure a synthesis essay, especially when it is a new type of writing for you. Your argument will be divided into two distinct sections, proving that A) dire...

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