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What is the structure of a successful English essay?
The structure of an essay should be centered around a thesis statement. The statement should be mentioned in the Introduction, and then fleshed out in the corresponding paragraphs (depending on the length requirement of the essay, three to five paragraphs should suffice). Each paragraph should begin with a statement, and that statement should be explained in each paragraph. For example, if my thesis statement read, 'The book's three main characters represent the ideologies behind the Industrial Revolution', I would continue by explaining how character no. 1 did so in the first paragraph, character 2 in the second, and so on. My conclusion would include a summary statement of the essay's message.
What are the main themes visited in classic literature?
The main themes in literature are: Man vs Nature, Man vs Society, Man vs Man, and Man vs Himself. (Man vs Technology is a newer theme.)
What is the core theme that runs through the novel 'Catcher in the Rye'? Explain how each theme is reflected in a character of your choice.
The first theme that comes to mind in 'Catcher...' is that of maturing, and the line between childhood and adulthood. What are the struggles involved in the transition between one phase and the next? Holden has a difficult time reconciling his past and present/future selves. He feels quite strongly connected to his identity as a child, but adopts a jaded stance of an adult as he makes his way through adolescence, and ultimately ends up having a mental breakdown due to his inability to transition from child to adult in the way society expects him to do. Holden's trouble lies in his realization that people around him do not always act nobly or morally, and this knowledge topples his childhood belief system, leaving him lost, an unmoored and unwilling burgeoning adult.
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