Jamie J, your question: Can someone help me write an essay paragraph. . .
Suggestions: The Topic Sentence/Thesis states the author's key idea, and governs the
Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, is an allegory comparing the Salem Witch Trials
(June1692--May1693) to McCarthyism (late1940s through mid1950s) in US Policy.
Apply Writing Techniques: (be concise by limiting definitions, quotations, etc., to two sentences.)
Define Terms: describe the dictionary definition of the word Crucible and the meaning of the term McCarthyism. ( Writers are obligated to make the meanings clear for their readers.)
Citations and Quotations: choose from the text and focus on the major conflict; (the victims of the lies) on the theme of goodness; and on the plot's development (beginning/ middle/end.)
Comparisons: compare how the Salem Witch Trials and the McCarthy US Policy are similar as stated in the Thesis. Keep in mind an Allegory has a hidden meaning (moral/political.)
Strategies: read and find the author's clues in the context and use two of them as examples, which prove or disprove the author's purpose and/or perspective.
Cause/Effect: analyze two causes and their effects connected to Mary's and Abigail's lies; and related to the title, The Crucible. Draw your own conclusions.(Think for yourself.)
Conclusion: Restate the topic sentence/thesis by paraphrasing and summarizing:
the main idea, comparisons, causes /effects, conclusions, et cetera. (It gives closure to your readers.) Option: end with a question that compels a reader to go deeper into the topic.
Hint: students, remember, English is reading, writing, listening, speaking, and all four skills are grounded in "thinking." Think it out beforehand until It becomes a habit; then you won't forget how
to do it; like when you ride a bicycle. It's great fun! Besides, you'll earn an "A."