The Iliad” by Homer – Fate vs. Free -will: Essay Outline



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The Iliad” by Homer – Fate vs. Free -Will: Essay Outline

Throughout this epic poem there are many references to the gods interfering with the lives of humans. For this paper you need to decide whether the humans did things because they were fated to do so by the gods or if they did it under their own free will. You must pick a quote from the poem that supports your thesis.

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  1. Introduction

    1. Introduction sentence – make sure you include title of the poem and poet’s name.

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    1. Give some background information about “The Iliad”. Write as if the reader of your essay has never read this epic poem. Write in broad strokes. Do not give a lot of detail. (2-3 sentences)

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    1. Thesis statement: What is your paper going to be about? What are you going to be discussing/proving? (Fate or free will? Make sure you explain what it means)

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  1. Body

    1. Introduction sentence/transition sentence

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    1. Body sentences-Here you will prove whether things happened in “The Iliad” because of Fate or Free will. Your quote should appear in this paragraph. Be sure to introduce your quote properly and make sure it fits nicely into your discussion. It should not “pop” out and be something that is obvious.

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    1. Conclusion sentence. Wrap up what you are discussing and make sure it transitions/flows nicely into your conclusion paragraph.

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  1. Conclusion Paragrah

    1. Introduction sentence – An easy way to start is with the following - “In conclusion…” and then reword your thesis statement (statement/sentenced you used at the end of your introduction paragraph).

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    1. Finalize any thoughts you have about your discussion. Make sure you don’t include any new information (meaning, your essay is done, don’t discuss/bring up any new topics). You want to make sure you have said all you want to say about what you have already talked about.

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    1. Final statement of the essay. You want to come up with a statement that leaves your reader thinking. You want to say something witty, insightful, humorous, make a point, etc.

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