A Guide On Writing A Conflict Essay
Conflict describes an enduring struggle between two opposing forces. Writing a conflict essay requires a focus, clarity, and an understanding of the different types of conflict presented in a story. When writing a conflict essay begin by:
- Identifying The Type Of Conflict
Most people think of a conflict as a fight between two characters. However, you can categorize conflict as internal or external or both. Conflict can present itself in four primary ways: externally, as man versus man, man versus society, or man versus nature and internally, as man versus self.
- Finding Supporting Evidence
If you are analyzing a piece of literature or a clash between two nations, you first need to identity the two opposing forces that comprise your central argument, and then find evidence to support your claim. Analyzing conflicts requires you to look for specific quotes, phrases, or parts of dialogue that reinforce your position.
- Draft Your Thesis
Once you have figured out your protagonist and antagonist and the type of conflict to address in your essay, narrow your focus and write a concise thesis statement that states the central conflict you plan to address. Your thesis statement will provide you with a road map for the rest of your paper and will help you decide upon the main points of your paper. Your thesis should be the very last sentence in your introduction.
- Start Writing
Write your first draft. Remember to start your essay with a "hook.” It can be a question, a quote, or a statistic, for example that will introduce the conflict you will be analyzing. Start each body paragraph with a topic sentence that states a main point, and then support that point with three or four of your examples from your initial research. Repeat this process for each remaining body paragraph. Within the body of the paper, address whether the conflict was resolved, and how. In your conclusion, summarize your main points and restate but do not repeat your thesis.