Can you use the five paragraph format to write an essay in University?
Yes, you absolutely can. If you use your sources well, build your argument well, and answer the critical "WHY?" at the end of your paper, not many will even bother with learning that it started with that simple formula you learned in fifth grade.
There was an interesting article I stumbled across while in college by a London Times columnist in 1845 titled "The Condition of the People of Ireland" about the poor conditions of people living under a negligent landlord. The irony in the article comes from the fact that it displays a negative quality of the aristocracy. This was the paper that proudly reports on the Queen and other people of wealth, means, and grand titles. The bad relationship between England and Ireland is also well known at this time. How does this article influence a reader today in terms of literature about this time period or landowners/estate owners? (Examples: Wuthering Heights, Jane Austen novels, and even the show Downton Abby)
Reading a novel with a sense of what was going on in a culture we are unfamiliar with, allows the reader to venture deeper into their understand of a peace. We may think that the English aristocracy didn't care for their tenants or that they strongly disliked the Irish, but this article challenges this notion. In terms of Wuthering Heights, this article allows the reader to visualize some of the difficulties of life outside of London. In contrast, the reader can glean that Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice is actually a very good landlord and perhaps not as terrible as Elizabeth feels in the opening of the novel (even though this book takes place earlier than 1845).
The film and theatrical show The Lion King has been critically acclaimed and awarded time and time again. Why? What makes this particular story so memorable?
Apart from being one of my absolute favorites, Disney's The Lion King wins because of it's universal values and successful execution of "the hero's journey." The inciting incident, the rising action, and falling action all work and occur at the exact right moment. It's also difficult to ignore the Shakespearian influence in the story. Hamlet and Simba have more in common than many would realize on a first viewing.