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What are the necessary elements of a well-written essay?
A well-written essay contains a few necessary elements; an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. The introduction is arguably the most important element of any essay. This element is what the reader first encounters and is used to not only hook them but to inform them of what they are about to read. A great introduction starts with a hook. This element should add some level of interest in the content of the essay to the reader. Once the reader is "hooked," the introduction should "introduce" the key point the essay is going to make. This key point is called a thesis statement and is what the essay will be highlighting. Following the introduction should be at least three body paragraphs. Each body paragraph should present a new element that pertains to the thesis statement. These elements are known as key points. Each key point should be backed up by sources and evidence. After the body, the essay should be wrapped up using a conclusion. The conclusion is used to summarize the key points of the essay as well as tie them back into the thesis statement. It is helpful to write an outline with these key points before starting the essay. This helps to make sure the essay stays on track and does not stray too far from the thesis statement and key points the writer is trying to make.
What is satire in literature?
Satire a literary genre in which the author uses sarcasm, humor, exaggeration, and other elements to highlight the absurdity of something. The goal of satire is to provide a social commentary on a current event. A great example of literary satire is Don Delillo's novel, "White Noise." In this novel, the "typical American" family is put under a microscope and it is evident that the society in which they live is having a profound impact on them. The literal "white noise" of advertisements and TV trickle into the novel at every turn. Delillo is satirizing society's reliance on technology and consumerism. Oftentimes, people think satire has to be funny; however, this is not true. While a lot of satirical writing is funny, some come off as serious but exaggerated. The exaggeration is key in showing the absurdity of the element the author is trying to make a point about.
When is it appropriate to use a semicolon?
In writing, we often separate independent clauses using a period; however, it is also appropriate to separate these independent clauses using a semicolon. An independent clause is a sentence that can stand alone and still make sense. When writing two independent clauses that are related to one another, a semicolon is appropriate. Example: "Mom and Dad were cooking dinner; it was baking in the oven." A semicolon is appropriate here because "it was baking in the oven" is an independent clause that is closely related to the previous independent clause, "Mom and Dad were cooking dinner." A semicolon can also be used when two clauses are separated by words, such as however, thus, indeed, for example, etc. Example: "Mom and Dad were cooking dinner; however, it was taking a very long time." Semicolons are a great way to separate two independent clauses so the sentence makes more sense and is not confusing.
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