Your essay should be 4-5 double-spaced pages long. 4-5 pages means at least 4 c
Your essay should be 4-5 double-spaced pages long. 4-5 pages means at least 4 complete pages (and at least 8 full and focused paragraphs). So, please do not “pad” your paper to make it appear longer than it really is. To be honest, a good paper will typically take up the full 3 pages and possibly even a little more. 2. Use Times New Roman 12 point font. Your margins should be 1”. And please left-align your paper. 3. The introductory paragraph should also “introduce” your reader to the paper. Briefly lead the reader into what your topic is and finish off your introduction with your thesis. Be sure to mention/introduce the authors and the three works. The introduction should be no more than ½ of a page in length. 4. You should have a nuanced thesis statement (meaning it states what your supporting arguments are). Your thesis should come at the very end of your introductory paragraph… remember, clearly state what your argument is and, if possible, including your supporting reasons. Try to organize your thesis and the body of your essay around reasons for why your thesis statement statemen is true. 5. You’ll need at least 6 quotes for this essay. Try to give each quote room to breathe inside its own paragraph. Start each paragraph off with a topic sentence that connects back in some way to your thesis statement. Introduce each quote in 1-2 sentences. Give your quotes, no more than three or four lines. Then explain the quote (try for at least 2-3 sentences of analysis here). Do the same for all quotes you use. The last thing to do in each body paragraph is to sum up the point. Pretend this is a pyramid. At the top is your thesis. Everything below it (your supporting paragraphs) should support it/hold it up. And each supporting paragraph should support your thesis in its own unique way. 6. End your paper with a conclusion. This conclusion is where you should spend some time finding connections between the characters and their lessons. Base what you say here on what you put into the body paragraphs. Try for around ¾ of a page. 7. Rewrite/revise until your paper says exactly what you want it to say, and you feel confident that it’s the strongest essay you can make it

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