My reseach paper INTRODUCTION help. Thanks again for helping my yesterday with the sources. i printed out them and they are very useful. My assignment for tonight is to write my introduction. my...

My reseach paper INTRODUCTION help.

Thanks again for helping my yesterday with the sources. i printed out them and they are very useful. My assignment for tonight is to write my introduction. my topic is to write a research paper on the censorship on this book. What should i put in my intorduction? How should should i start? What should i talk about? ETC. THANKS!!!!!!!

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

An introduction to an essay is a fairly short paragraph, for it provides (1) a motivator and (2) the thesis only.

1. The motivator can be a general observation, a relevant quotation from another source, a quotation from the novel that relates to your thesis, or a question that is also relevant to the thesis.  For instance, one quotation that is highly relevant to Farenheit 451 is one from Ray Bradbury himself:

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture; just get people to stop reading them.

Or you may want to find Bradbury's words in which he explains why he wrote his novel.  Evidently, he thought about the Nazi's burning of the books and was greatly disturbed.

(Find something to motivate, or entice your reader to continue reading your essay)

2. The thesis is stated at the last sentence of the paragraph.  It is a general statement based upon your observations as you read the text; this general statment contains 3 opinions that you will prove in the body of the essay.  For instance,

In Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451, the banning of books becomes detrimental to the healthy balance of society (or some other reason because ____________,________________,and ___________________.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

An introduction normally needs to consist of the following elements:

1) Restate the question in your own words, clearly indicating what the remit of your paper is.

2) Introduce your thesis statement.

3) Highlight the main topic areas of your paragraphs: i.e. clearly show how you are going to answer the question

You can also put at the very beginning some kind of attention grabber such as "Throughout the years many books ranging from The Bible to Lady Chatterley's Lover have been banned in society because of their subversive ideas..." The idea is to start your essay with a statement that will hopefully draw your reader in.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You've got some very good ideas to work with from the above posts.

Another idea: Considering the fact that Fahrenheit 451 is a book about banning books, you might begin there - with a line or two on the ironic (or simply surprising) fact that Bradbury's book about freedom of thought and book burning has been banned in several places.

To me, the banning of Bradbury's novel is indeed odd and surprising. As a reader the irony of the situation makes me interested in the subject of your essay. So you could start with that...

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To write your introduction, you must first know what you are going to argue in your paper as a whole.  So we can't tell you what to write in your intro without knowing what your argument will be.  If you are centering this around whether you think the book should be banned, write an intro about your opinion on that.  If you're writing simply about why it has been banned in various places, write about that.  But without knowing what your body paragraphs are going to be, we can't really tell you what to say in the intro.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think you need to find a common thread throughout these incidents.  Why was the book banned?  Was it all for the same reason (such as language) and related principles (such as religion).  If not, what is the difference and is there something else the banners had in common.

wanderista | Student

That is for an English (Literature) essay, by the way.

wanderista | Student

Introductions are strange beasts. Many teachers claim they mean little to nothing, as long as your body paragraphs are good. Others claim that they set expectations which they mark to for the rest of the essay. Most markers fall somewhere in between. Intros do three things:

- Give an impression of your writing style
- Set expectations of what material you will bring in
- Show how many holes you’ve left in your preparation

Therefore, you should incorporate the following;

- General comment on the nature of the question
- Introduce your thesis (could be a reading, or just a theme you come back to) and how they intersect with the question (in other words, your thesis is your position on the question)
- Introduce text/s.
- Mention how the text type/s is particularly special in helping your thesis resonate with the target audience.
- How this theme remains relevant despite the author’s context fading into history (only if author is dead)
- How this theme is a relevant reflection of contemporary society (only if author is alive)
- Brief reference to narratives of texts

moocow554 | Student

Pohnpei...I am writing about incidents where the banning took place

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