How do i write an introduction to my essay?

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Defining a line of argument that is open for discussion throughout the body of your essay is often one of the most difficult aspects of any English essay.

The purpose of an introduction, therefore, is to provide a clear outline of what it is you are going to discuss, whilst offering an overview of the weighting of your essay to the reader.

Try to avoid "waffling" in your introduction as it should be no more than 5-6 sentences or even less. Possibly think of it as a 'Who? What? Where? When? Why?'... this way you are keeping yourself on track with the question and will prevent you from going off track at the beginnig of your essay.

In your introduction make sure you acknowledge the other lines of argument alternative readers may have. Although you may have one opinion regarding the text infront of you, you must also make the examiner aware that you have considered the different readings of the text (do this very breifly!!)

By following these instructions on how to write an introduction, you should lead yourself into the main body of your essay nicely and ready to follow the structure of "PEEL" (Point, Evidence, Explain, Link).

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