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Creating an argument while writing an essay

An argument is a claim, more specifically, a position with solid evidence. An argumentative essay is an essay where the writer makes a point, expresses his/her position with regard to a particular topic or may be a controversial issue, but has to be with strong evidence. Most of the times, argumentative essays are confused with persuasive essays. Mind you, they are not the same! One could say, an argumentative essay definitely holds a stronger effect than a persuasive one.

Selection of an appropriate/debateable topic for such an essay is very important. Your topic should help you, in fact, to be clear and focussed enough to prove your position in your essay. Logical cohesion is another important thing that needs to be included in you essay, you need to start from one section, prove it, and move onto the nest. Your essay should be a flow of arguments wherein, your points click the reader in a very systematic manner. And in conclusion, at the end of reading the essay, the reader is fully convinced about your position. It is also important for the writer to have a strong belief in the topic that they are choosing. At the same time, belief alone is not helpful. One should be able to shape up an argument with good logic and reasoning. For this, thorough research and understanding of both sides of the topic is of utmost significance.

A step-by-step approach

Analysis of the topic. What are the two sides of the issue? How debateable is it?

Developing the arguments.

Why am I for/ against it?

What is the context that needs to be included in the argument?

So what? And who cares?

Start with writing an outline.

First, frame an outline which includes stating your opinion, listing down your arguments and then also listing down refutation or counter arguments.

Writing an Introduction.

An introduction helps you to start your essay in a way that would keep the readers gripped onto your work and more importantly, your argument. Thus it is very important to introduce your topic, your purpose behind choosing the topic and your argument.

Further developing your arguments.

It is significant to ensure that as one is writing the essay, their arguments are developed more thoroughly. This can be done by providing adequate formal reasoning and proof for your arguments.

Questioning the opposite opinion.

Once your point is stated (with enough evidence), it is also important to problematize or jeopardize the opposite opinion/argument. This way, your argument appears to hold more strength and stands out better.

Writing a conclusion.

Summarizing the key points or answering questions which you may have asked in the introduction of your document or may be by just calling for action are the few strategies that one can follow in order to conclude the essay.

 

References:

http://www.buowl.boun.edu.tr/students/types%20of%20essays/argumentative/ARGUMENTATIVE.htm

http://homeworktips.about.com/od/essaywriting/a/argument.htm

  1. When is a conclussion relevant(relevency)
    If: logical, intuitive or implied

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