Write a 5-6-page MLA-style essay in which you identify a debatable question or issue, take a position in the debate, argue your position with evidence, and acknowledge at least one counter-position. A successful argument essay will be a balanced examination of an issue that is important to you. Your purpose is to convince your reader that your issue is worthy of debate and that your position is worth embracing.
Paper three will introduce you to the argumentative essay. In this format, the writer wants to persuade the audience to believe the point being argued. This is done by creating a thesis statement, stating the argument, giving the evidence, and a strong closing. The strongest analysis can state a counterpoint and then showing why that argument is wrong.
Detective Comics or DC created two of the most iconic superheroes known to man: Superman and Batman. The Wicked Witch of the West terrorized Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, while Maleficent put a death curse on Sleeping Beauty. The eternal question is, which is the better hero or the more evil witch? In this paper, choose two protagonists or two antagonists and then argue which is the best good or the worst evil character. There doesn’t have to be a direct connection between the two, but it should make sense that they are paired. They do not have to be superheroes or witches, but they do need to be good guys or villains in some way, for example Buzz and Woody from Toy Story. In this argument, I am looking for the audience, context, tone, and style (high, low, or medium), along with logos, ethos, and pathos. You can use movies, comic books, novels, or fairy tales to speak of your characters. You also need to give at least one direct quote from each character that shows their personality. You will need to cite all sources.
In your argument essay, you will include background—an overview of the issue, problem, or debate to give your reader some context—and a thesis statement in which you establish your position. Your essay should demonstrate your understanding of and respect for other perspectives in the debate; finding common ground will make your argument stronger. You will devote most of the body of your essay to presenting evidence and reasons in favor of your position. The evidence can come from
• research findings
• testimony from experts and others in the debate
• government or agency reports
• photographs or videos
• other sources
You are required to do some research to gather evidence and define the issue. Use at least three sources. Remember that good research helps you present yourself as knowledgeable and fair-minded. A successful argument will use logical and emotional appeals that are appropriate to the purpose and audience.
In the body of your essay, you should also include a counterargument, a position that represents an objection to your position. As you plan out your argument, think about where to place the counterargument and how you’ll respond. There is no best place for the counterargument. Close the essay with a restatement of your thesis and some sense of what’s at stake in this debate.
Assume an open-minded academic audience. Include a Works Cited list.