What are 3 ways the book is better than the movie?
In what major ways are the book and the movie the same?
What concept are the 2 films (Amityville and Shining) trying to prove
-families have to fight someone crazy
-houses can possess people
Step 4:Write out your main idea
This is called a thesis statement: it is what you are trying to argue)—tell your reader here is what I will do in this paper—here’s what the paper is about Example
Main argument: In this paper I will use The Amityville Horror to prove that there are three main causes of evil in the world.
In this paper I will show how The Amityville Horror and The Shining fit the same basic model of horror movies.
In this paper I will give three arguments for why the 2005 Amityville Horror remake is superior to the original film.
Step 5: Create a MAP
Under each main point, list a few things you might talk about (this is a simplified outline)
--you might write about all or some of these points
--you can organize the points later
--you can decide which points are good and which should be cut later
--think of this as organized brainstorming
--sometimes new ideas come to you as you organize and you can see how ideas are related
Greed—The family tried to buy a house for much less than it should have been worth—they were profiting at the expense of the people who died there
Step 6: Tackle the paper one part at a time Pick one topic.
Write out a rough idea of what you will say in this part.
One cause of evil that can be observed in the Amityville Horror is craziness. There are several examples of crazy behavior in the film: hallucinations, denial, cold sweats/feverish conditions, radical mood changes.
The first important issue to look at are hallucinations.
Step 7: Trust yourself—You can do it!
There is nothing magical about writing a good essay.
The key is to pick something that is hard/challenging to prove.