I need help on writing an opening sentence for my Essay:Question below :) This is what it says on the paper Opening Sentences: Provide background information on the topic use a comparison, ask a...

I need help on writing an opening sentence for my Essay:Question below :)

This is what it says on the paper

Opening Sentences: Provide background information on the topic use a comparison, ask a question that will be answered or discussed, define the concept of the essay, provide and attention grabbing scenario

Intro sentences explain your perspective on destiny

if i could get a couple examples that would be great

the two stories im doing is "the masque of red death" and "the 7 ages of man"

I need help on writing an opening sentence for my essay. See the information below.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You were given some good direction on writing a hook. Basically, once you have your theme you can connect your hook to it. Asking a question is often the most common way, or the easiest. The key is to catch your reader's attention and let them know that your topic is coming.
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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I agree.  Waiting until you're finished may seem like it's just an afterthought, something relatively unimportant to the finished product.  Nothing could be further from the truth, though.  Because it IS so important, it's essential to know what you've said so you can prepare your audience properly.  For these two works you may want to explore the idea of the inevitability of death, among other things.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I agree with the above poster. You should save your introduction for last. Write the main body. Find out what you have to say about the topic and where your writing takes you. Sometimes what we intend is far different than the direction we end of taking. Only after you know what you've had to say should you craft your introduction. This allows you to actually write an introduction that truly introduces your paper.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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First of all, never write an essay from start to finish (from introduction to conclusion) unless it is part of a timed test.  If you have the time, brainstorm information for the body, organize this in an outline, and write ALL THE BODY PARAGRAPHS before anything else.

The first sentence of the intro is your "hook."  I never advise writing the first sentence of an essay until the end of the process.  Once you've written the essay, you own it (you practically birthed it).  It will be yours.  The first sentence (and the dreaded final sentence) will flow out of you naturally and avoid all the cliche sounding things you might have originally started with before you really got to know your essay.

If you personally cannot begin the process without a first sentence (you are not alone), write anything.  It is a throw away sentence.  When you complete the essay, go back, throw away your first sentence, and write something better.  Trust me.  Something better will be ready when you've written the bulk of the essay.

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anthonda49 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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You will have to determine your own perspective on destiny to add to the information from the story. An attention-getting opening is always a must. "Imagine being invited to 'The party to end all parties'". And, I mean that literally, for there will be no more parties after this deadly one. Being wealthy and fleeing from the plague to an isolated location still can't keep out an unwanted guest.

In "The Seven Ages of Man", Shakespeare shows how people evolve from infancy only to return to it once more. Where would be the incentive for anyone to want to grow older? This last one includes a rhetorical question, which is also a good way to get the reader's attention.

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