The introduction paragraph in an essayof literary analysis functions as follows: It focuses the reader’s attention on the topic and arouses curiosity for the reader about what you, as the writer, have to say. It specifies your subject and implies your attitude and tone. It provides background necessary to understand the thesis statement. It is concise and sincere. It comes to a point with the thesis
Structure of the Introduction Paragraph: 1stsentence: hook or opening sentence 2nd – 3rdsentence: transitions from hook while including T.A.G. (complete title, author’s complete name, and genre of the work(s) being analyzed) 3rd – 5th sentence: further logical transitions Thesis Statement: final sentence(s) of the introductions
Strategies for Composing Hooks or Opening Statements:Use a vivid or powerful quotation that hasrelevance to your topic.Create an analogy for your subject.Offer an interesting fact or statistic.State an opinion related to your thesis.Define a concept central to yourargument.
What to Avoid When Composing Hooks or Opening Statements: Cliché statements: “Webster’s dictionary defines friendship as …” First person point of view: “In this essay I will show…” Asking rhetorical questions: “Have you ever wondered what would happen…” (Also avoid addressing the reader) Vague or abstract language Broad generalizations: “Symbolism is a powerful tool used in literature…”
Consider the following checklist whencomposing an introduction paragraph: The hook/opening sentence engages the reader’s curiosity while remaining academic and sophisticated. The introduction avoids 1st person point of view, slang, and poor diction. Specific terms or language are defined. Necessary background information is provided. The paragraph transitions clearly and
Consider the following checklist whencomposing an introduction paragraph: Avoid vague and abstract language and slang. The thesis statement appears at the end of the introduction. The introduction should be clear, logical, and reasonable. Avoid attempts to be clever, funny, or sarcastic. Use present tense verbs consistently.
And last thing to consider:The introduction need not be longer than4 –6 sentences. Lengthy introductionstend to ramble and can distract from thetopic and lose focus.