I'm trying to get started with my essay I just can't seem to think of a good way to start the essay.  It is on Silas Marner. (look at the details)the question is: Some people are lucky while...

I'm trying to get started with my essay I just can't seem to think of a good way to start the essay.  It is on Silas Marner. (look at the details)

the question is:

Some people are lucky while others have misfortune. Discuss with reference to two characters in Silas Marner.

I am using Silas as unfortunate and Eppie as fortunate.

I'm thinking of making this my topic sentence

Throughout life, a person will meet many people with good luck, as well as with misfortune. [These two qualities can influence different people to act in different ways. ] possiby take out

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The essay question is very broad. Therefore, you can take the thesis in various directions. Your thesis that some people are fortunate and others are not is a fine thesis, because you can probably make a strong case. However, you can make a more nuanced thesis as well. You can argue that there is also a timing element. Some people are fortunate for a time, or the reverse, namely that some people are unfortunate only for a time. This timing element may add a nice twist. You can also create a thesis that speaks about how people should react to both fortunate and unfortunate situations. You can even go as far as to say that this reaction makes all the difference.

epollock | Student


Your topic of Eliot's Silas Marner can be a great essay. Most great essays have very similar characteristics. They start with am attention-getting statement. Something that will garner someone's attention to put them in a great mood as they read your essay. Try to think of something that is either a quote, a statistic, a rhetorical question, or a broad statement about the overall ideas of the book conveyed through your life.

Next, comes background information. How do you go from your first statement to the next. What are the qualities of the book that relate to your first attention-getting statement.

Then, your thesis statement. How are some people lucky while others are not? Is it through their moral beliefs, their deeds, their actions? A thesis statement, an explicit one which actually lists your controlling ideas (what you plan to write about) generally comes last in an introduction.) Though after a while, and you become more proficient, you can place the thesis statement anywhere.

Depending on the class you are in, the attention-getting statement, the background, and the thesis can each be one sentence, resulting in a three-sentence introduction. In later advanced courses, they become more involved and complex as your writing ability improves.

If you follow those guidelines, your essay on Silas Marner can truly turn out to be a wonderful paper.