Purpose of an Introduction

So much depends on those first few sentences of a paper, you might think. Your audience will form its initial perceptions of you, and of your argument, from the introduction. True enough. But if you go too far in your efforts to dazzle your readers, the strain will show in your writing. To avoid this problem, you need to step back and consider the specific purposes that an introduction is supposed to serve.

A successful introduction:

  1. provides context for your arguments.
  2. attracts the audience's attention.
  3. prepares your audience for your thesis.

If your opening sentences perform just these functions, your work is done. You will have a catchy and impressive introduction.

Now let's talk about how to write a good introduction.

The Introduction