The following introduction creates tension by asking how a novel can be both comical and terrifying at the same time: has a rather nonsensical plot.Gabriel Syme, a neurotic poet and detective, infiltrates an anarchist cell only to discover that his fellow conspirators are all policemen.Both sonnets explore how the passage of time affects love. Each poem describes how Time “alters” things, and each claims that whereas other poems “do lie” (115.1) and contain “error” (116.13), they will provide a truthful definition of love.
To prevent your introduction from looking like an overgrown garden, keep background information to a minimum, use quotations sparingly, and focus your attention on your own argument.
Remember that later paragraphs can still include some introductory material.
If your research question is a good one, your introduction will have an element of tension.
Since you’re trying to address a problem or solve a conundrum, there is something at stake.
The main thing is to introduce your essay’s argument, and if you’re passionate about the point you’re making, your reader will be too.
Let’s first review what not to do in your introduction!
This ludicrous plot leads to many comical situations, including the novel’s final sequence, where the character of Sunday escapes on an elephant, rides on a fire engine, and throws a strange party at his house.
Yet these comic moments are also frightening, and the novel is appropriately subtitled “A Nightmare.” This odd mixture allows Chesterton to depict the absurdity of the universe, an absurdity that might lead atheists to despair but for Chesterton provides a glimpse of God’s unique sense of humour.
In what follows we provide some strategies for writing effective introductions.
A good introduction seeks to answer a particular question.