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Default Catcher in the Rye Essay - 04-04-2012, 01:34 PM

So I have to make an introduction for an essay on Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger.

The Question is : Holden Caulfield appears to be caught between childhood and adulthood. Discuss how significant events in the novel support this statement.

Heres what I came up with for my introduction
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My teacher said that my introduction was way to descriptive and I need to put my three points into a thesis statement.
Any ideas on how to fix this?


  
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Default 04-04-2012, 01:41 PM

ahh catcher in the rye... i despised that book...

anyway.. im assuming what she means is, dont be descriptive. an introduction should simply state the 3 things you are going to write about in your 3 body paragraphs (assuming thats what you are doing) hope this helps a little... if not sorry :x lol. i dont remember much about the book to be of much help there



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Default 04-04-2012, 01:51 PM

Your teacher is right, you're not suppose to put details from the story in your introduction. Instead, it's suppose to be a generalized idea of what you will be talking about throughout the entire essay. You also need to get to the point, introductions are meant to be brief.

Depending on your style of writing, you can either choose to hook the user immediately from your first sentence, or focus on giving commentaries on how you think the character acted. Make sure that you're on-topic in the introduction; otherwise, it will not flow and be extremely confusing for your reader.

The thesis statement is really simple, it's just a guideline for the reader on what you will be talking about throughout the entire essay. It tells precisely what your paper will be discussing, and overall presents your argument to the reader.

Here is an example of a quick thesis statement to show you a basic idea: "Throughout its history, the plague has managed to spread to many areas, causing lethal symptoms that are untreatable by normal means."

What it states the paper will be talking about: History, How it spreads, Location, Symptoms, and Treatment.





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