Evidence of his mental anguish and addictions is reflected in his writings.
Poe was born in Boston in 1809, he was the son of itinerant actors.
This point is encapsulated in a single sentence, in the form of a thesis statement, and included in the introductory paragraph of the essay.
The function of the rest of the essay is to explain and prove this statement.
It is unlikely that anyone in their right mind would consider, for any amount of time, the proposal of rearing children, or properly raising them, as food to help alleviate poverty-stricken Ireland in 1729.
Yet, Jonathan Swift’s suggestion was satirical brilliance, and it was a modest proposal for illuminating the cause of Ireland’s woes....
In the case of fiction and drama, the role of characters is a key source of information.
You can reflect on how the characters change throughout the text, what important decisions they make and how their decisions reveal their values.
Or you may be asked to identify major themes in Langston Hughes' poetry.
Make certain to provide the reader with evidence, in the form of specific quotations, to support your analysis and evaluation of theme.