Argumentative essay

Prompt : Construing the Nature and/or Role of Women. Many of the texts we’ve read outline women’s (supposed) nature and proper role in society through the depiction of an important female character, or women in general. How does the text describe women’s nature and/or proper role? Why is the female character and/or women in general depicted this way? What purpose do these specific representations of women serve in the world of the story/text itself? And what possible purpose do they serve in the society within which the text was published or circulated? Your essay needs to be an argumentative essay where you make an assertion about the meaning or idea that is conveyed through the text’s representations, as well as how the text accomplishes this, and perhaps why. An assertion is not a fact, but a claim that you can show the validity of to other reasonable people who may not see things that way. In the essay, your assertion/claim operates as your thesis, your main point that the rest of the essay supports through various means, for example, through close textual analysis, persuasive reasoning and “sources” (statements by scholars other than yourself that in some way address what you are saying at a given moment). The main goal is to make your assertion/thesis as convincing as possible to the reader, and the degree to which your essay accomplishes this goal will be determined by how specific, well-developed and logical your support is. The best thesis statements are often generated from good questions. That is, a good question often encourages a fruitful answer, and that answer becomes your thesis. So keep asking yourself questions about the text(s) when it comes to your chosen topic. For example, “How does the text represent X, and to what extent does it do this?””To what extent doesn’t it do this?””To what extent does text A differ from text B when it comes to the representation of X?””How would readers or the audience interpret these representations, and why would they derive this particular meaning from them?” The questions above are only a few examples of the sorts of questions that help generate thesis-like statements, and you should not feel like you have to answer all these questions, nor necessarily believe that one or more of the models above is best for your text(s) and focus. Develop your own central questions as well! You will need an introduction that clearly identifies your text(s) and focus, and makes clear your thesis statement. An indication in your introduction of the shape that your argument will take over your ensuing body paragraphs (a thesis map) can also be helpful as it gives the reader, right away, an idea of the specific ways you will be supporting your thesis. This often leads to your support in your body paragraphs being well received. Regarding body paragraphs each clearly needs to relate to your thesis, and each should strive to develop one point thoroughly (that is, achieve paragraph “unity”). A conclusion that reflects on what you have argued, and why the issues that you have discussed matter, is also helpful (though is less essential than the other elements mentioned above). PLS find 3 scholary sources , journal articles work .!!!!