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Writing a Proper Introduction for Your Illustration Essay

An illustration essay is based on explaining subjects and matters in a way adequate to providing a picturesque description. It should be the kind that makes one have a picture in mind they never had before, for the issues and subjects they are reading about.   It proves a point by supplying adequate evidence. Such a write-up relates to identification of an element in a work, and developing it in relation to the element chosen.  The main intention of the introduction is to act as an eye-catcher to the reader as well as offer a basis on what they should expect. 

Here are steps to start off the illustration essay;

  1. Understand the flow/type of the essay: The flow is determined by the type of illustrative essay assigned. For instance, it could be a definition, explanation or cause type. The type also defines the nature of the topic and thus the nature of introduction. 
  2. Start off with an interesting topic: If you are aware of the reader's taste, it is important to develop the writing around this taste. The exposition must draw readers into the writer’s work and, by providing as much illustration as possible, rally for their support and/or engagement in the discussion. 
  3. Have a thesis: Also the main revolving idea of the illustration essay, the thesis constitutes the main argument of the writer in relation to the topic. More or less, it will show the writer’s position, which he/she will then support by finding out evidence. It ties the reader to what will be proved using the evidence to be presented in the body. The thesis is presented in the introduction.
  4. Be as vivid as possible: Vivid descriptions of events, people and places will provide a mental picture to readers and are suitable for definitive and explanation types of illustration essays. Personal experiences with people, events and places are also good details to add in the introduction. However, balance between providing as much details in the introduction and providing generalizations. More details should be in the body section.
  5. Avoid ambiguity: A general rule in writing is to avoid ambiguities, especially in the introduction. An ambiguous statement is one that is hard to understand and can make readers have a negative attitude about the general assignment. They may thus become less interested.  
  6. Length of introduction: It is not meant to provide all details and will be good as long as it has highlighted the main ideas and introduces the discussion. It should be done by approaching matters in as broad perspective as possible before narrowing down to details in the body.

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