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First of all, there is a difference between writing a review essay and writing an analysis essay on this movie. So, there is a link below on a book review which gives direction on how to write a review that should be of assistance, if this is what is needed.
This response, then, will go forward on the assumption that the essay is to be a sort of critique on the movie with respect to characters, themes, interpretation of the Biblical story, etc. since there has been controversy about this film. And, without knowing what the student specifically wishes to focus upon, there will be some suggestions for certain options.
In general, the introductory paragraph has three parts:
- A "hook" or "motivator" that entices the reader: This motivator is often a quotation, a question, an observation, or a short anecdote. Its purpose is to raise the reader's curiosity and invite him/her to continue reading the essay.
- A thesis: This is a general statement of the main idea; that is, the writer's intentions/objective for writing the essay(the big point to be made.)
- A "blueprint" or short list of the main points that the "big" point of the general statement can be divided into.
Now, here is an example of an introductory paragraph for Noah. In doing this, the focus is upon an interpretation/review by Hayden Grove in The Lantern [see the link below] in which he writes that he had a preconceived idea about the movie and it was altered, but altered positively.
1. The "motivator" could be the student's observation about how often people have pre-conceived notions about movies and then are surprised by the writers' and directors' interpretations.
2. One thing that Grove writes which is an idea that the student can develop further into a thesis and reword for his own is that, although the film does not exactly follow the traditional interpretation of the Biblical tale of Noah's Ark, there are presented in the film "deep, thought-provoking questions on the existence of mankind." (If you use this type of idea be sure to make an original statement)
3. The "blueprint" is the list of the main points that will prove the thesis. So, with the above thesis as an example, the blueprint could be written like this:
Although the film does not follow the traditional Biblical concepts about the story of Noah's Ark, there are presented in the film existential questions such as (1) the nature of evil, (2) the role of fate and free will in men's lives, and (3) the extent to which man can be good without God's intervention. (the numbers 1-3 are to identify the 3 points)
These three points, then, are the topic sentences of the body paragraphs, and the student will support these points with examples from the film.
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