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.