Analyzing the Question

Question Analysis:

Let’s take an example and break them down.

How far is it possible for an individual to make a stand against the society in which they live?

Keywords are the words that add significance and information in the question. Let’s break down what the keywords in our question:

  1. FAR 

This means the question is suggesting you find a limit. This also implies that it is best if you do not write an answer that has the extremest point of view. You might try writing so with good arguments as well, but it is suggested not to. Find an upper limit to what is possible has and justify that limit. 

  1. POSSIBLE

Now, we are talking about what can be done in real life. Best if we do not bring out hypothetical examples and situations which might not be possible in our life.

  1. Individual

We are to talk about “ONE”. Also, remember this one does not necessarily mean “I” or first-person perspective only. You can bring up examples of how other individuals made stances. The question is asking you to explore the power of 1.

  1. Against the Society

These words shape the arguments we will be presenting. You can go both ways, Either say that this is how up to this limit it is possible to take a stance or go against the statement and give views on how we cannot go against the society as individuals. 

BRAINSTORMING:

If you look into the process of painting a really nice picture. You will see that there are layers of work done. First, build an outline, then draw over it, then put in colours and finally the piece will be ready. Writing a good essay is no different. 

After knowing what your topic is, you can’t start putting colours immediately. You will have to build your outline.

I personally, keep 5-7 minutes of brainstorming time before I write an essay. This is where you think about your content and structure you will be writing on. The first thing to do will be to think about your position in the topic if you are going to support it, go against it or find a middle way out and present a balanced argument.  

Don’t limit your thinking to arguments that support your stance. Think about what are the limitations in the argument you have just thought of. Try to think of examples that relate to the argument. 

Writing:

Now you know the question properly. You have enough material after brainstorming. Then comes the showtime, actually writing your paper.  

It is best if you make small notes during the brainstorming period and write them (roughly). 

Refer to the structure section of the notes where we have discussed how you write your content and structure it. 

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