have a habit of asking questions, especially questions beginning with Why. 3, research the topic. Moby Dick was a Christ-like figure.
The facts will tell the story itself if you let them. Aim for an introduction that has an explicit relation to the topic/title of your essay, and avoid analyzing the topic in your first paragraph. My guess is that it doesn't matter- that anything can be interesting if you get deeply enough into.
But not the specific conclusions I want to reach; from paragraph to paragraph I let the ideas take their course. In defend-a-position writing that would be a flaw. For example, "Although Eli Whitney's cotton gin ushered in a new era of American prosperity, it also widened the gap in suffering for African-American slaves, who would soon be more in demand, and more exploited, than ever." A thesis statement should not ask a question. And so you can't begin with a thesis, because you don't have one, and may never have one. Conclusion : How everything resolves. An essay is something you write to try to figure something out.