The thesis statement is the most direct answer to this question, and the rest of the introduction gives us enough context to make sense of that answer.
Let’s take as an example the following introduction to a comparative essay: William Shakespeare’s sonnets 115 and 116 have long been seen as a pair.
In what follows we provide some strategies for writing effective introductions.
A good introduction seeks to answer a particular question.
There is no need to say that Shakespeare was a genius or that Picasso was the greatest modernist artist. may demonstrate that adultery does not always lead to happiness, but that shouldn’t be the focus of your argument. Avoid including too much material in your introduction.
If your essay is relatively short (e.g., 3-5 pages), your introduction shouldn’t be much longer than half a page.
Many teachers suggest that an introduction should start with a creative hook.
However, the results are often corny and melodramatic.
Here are some examples of the most stereotypical hooks: You’re not forbidden from using one of these hooks.
In fact, we recommend the judicious use of an example or two.