Prompt, introduction, and thesis statement

E1301 WRITING # 4: PROMPT, INTRODUCTION, AND THESIS STATEMENT

 

Prompt: After Phil’s failed attempt to seduce Rita and his repeated suicide attempts, Phil realizes his way of pursuing happiness is all wrong. Phil is now ready to redeem himself. Three causes combine to bring about a positive effect—Phil’s transformation: he learns positive ways to pursue happiness, so he can experience  genuine contentment or well-being.

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Question: What three causes bring about the Phil’s transformation?

Subject: Phil Connors’ transformation (effect) and the causes that create it.

Purpose: To explain the three causes that produce a single effect: the transformation of Phil into a happier, more contented man

Audience: Young people who are seeking to live a happier, more contented life (recent high-school graduates, first-year college students, college graduates.)

Writing Mode:Causal Analysis Essay

Follow the guidelines below to write your introduction and thesis statement,.

Thesis Guidelines

Your thesis needs the following parts:

  1. Background: What has been happening to Phil up to this point
  2. Subject—Phil Connors in the film Groundhog Day
  3. Theme—pursuit of happiness
  4. Causes—Choose 3 (minimum) or 4 (maximum) from the following list
  5. Self-Examination—learning about himself (required)
  6. New Relationship with Rita or New Understanding/Appreciation of Rita
  7. Pursuit of hobbies—piano and ice sculpting
  8. Experience of loss with the homeless man
  9. Repeated good deeds—small acts of kindness (required)
  10. Effect: Phil’s Transformation—choose from the following or create your own
  11. He learns how to love
  12. He becomes enlightened
  13. He learns what really matters in life (include what it is)
  14. He learn humility
  15. He learns how to care about others
  16. Add your own

Read the example below.  Then type your thesis in the text box and put the parts into the chart below.

 

 

 

 

 

  Background Subject Theme

 

Causes Effect
 

Your thesis

 

 

while repeating Groundhog Day Phil After failing to find a way to be happy

The most important virtue for happiness

Examines himself

Experiences loss with the homeless man

Repeats small acts of kindness

 

Transformation of character and attitude to learn . . . : humility.

 

Now it’s your turn to write the thesis and then your introduction using the charts below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check your thesis for completeness below.  Make any revisions and type the final draft in the introduction guidelines chart.

  Background Subject Theme

 

Causes Effect
 

Your thesis

 

 

         

 

GUIDELINES FOR THE INTRODUCTION

Directions Your Responses Example
“Hook” or Introductory Sentence—Attention-Getter.

Begin with a quote from an essay in Pursuing Happiness to introduce the topic.

  “Human happiness, like height or temperature or IQ, lies on a continuum, a numerical scale that ranges from very, very low to very, very high . . . All of us fit somewhere on that scale” (Lyubomirksy 182).
Paraphrase the quote

 

 

  What Sonja Lyubomirsky means to say is that different people experience different levels of happiness ranging from extreme unhappiness to extreme happiness.  .
Transition sentence—introduce the subject—title of film and subject—Phil   In the movie Groundhog Day, Phil Connors seems to go from the high level of happiness at the beginning to the lowest level when he tries to commit suicide.
Introduce the purpose   Phil finally realizes that to be happy, he needs to stop worrying about what he cannot change—the fact that he is repeating Groundhog Day—and focus on what he can change: himself.
Thesis, underlined.   After failing to find a way to be happy while repeating Groundhog Day, Phil examines himself, he experiences loss with the homeless man, and he repeats small acts of kindness every day; as a result, he has a transformation in character and attitude, which causes him to learn the most important virtue for happiness: humility.

 

 

 

 

Copy and paste this into an MLA file (See example below)

 

Excellent E1301 Student

Dr. J. K. Tarpley

English 1301.61018

10 November 2020

Phil Connors Transformation for Happiness in Groundhog Day

“Human happiness, like height or temperature or IQ, lies on a continuum, a numerical scale that ranges from very, very low to very, very high . . . All of us fit somewhere on that scale” (Lyubomirksy 182).What Sonja Lyubomirsky means to say is that different people experience different levels of happiness ranging from extreme unhappiness to extreme happiness.  What Sonja Lyubomirsky means to say is that different people experience different levels of happiness ranging from extreme unhappiness to extreme happiness.

In the movie Groundhog Day, Phil Connors seems to go from the high level of happiness at the beginning to the lowest level when he tries to commit suicide.  Phil finally realizes that to be happy, he needs to stop worrying about what he cannot change—the fact that he is repeating Groundhog Day—and focus on what he can change: himself.After failing to find a way to be happy while repeating Groundhog Day, Phil examines himself, he experiences loss with the homeless man, and he repeats small acts of kindness every day; as a result, he has a transformation in character and attitude, which causes him to learn the most important virtue for happiness: humility.

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