Posted by Jen on Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 7:58pm.
As I understand Hinduism from my college class world religions class many eons ago, is that the religion was strongly influenced by the lives of the Indian people. These lives were very hard with poverty, hard work, sickness, and early deaths. It made sense to get rid of this pain and hope to eventually be at one with the Atman in another sphere entirely.
About your essay -- your introduction is weak. Check this site for advice on how to improve it.
I have to write the essay to answer three things..
Submit a 700-1000 word paper on Sunday. The paper should be formatted following APA guidelines, and answer these questions:
1. Considering that Hinduism lacks a uniting belief system, what makes up the Hindu religion?
2. What are the cultural and societal influences that have made Hinduism vital to the region in which it originated?
3. Explain the desire for liberation from earthly existence.
I am having a really hard time with this paper. Your link said to make the introduction in the form of persuasion.
The writing requirements state..
This assignment should be done in the form of a long essay, with an introduction explaining what you are going to talk about, a body that answers the three questions above, and a conclusion that wraps it all up.
Any ideas on how I can explain what I am writing about in the introduction when the assignment is specific on what needs to be included..?
I appreciate all your help :o)
You still must take a position and stick with it or you'll end up putting the reader to sleep and lose focus of your paper.
I would begin with the idea of how Hinduism is different than Western religious traditions because it allows for such a wide range of beliefs. In your support, you have:
1) What DOES makes up the Hindu religion (which can include the desire for liberation from earthly existence).
2) What cultural and societal influences have made the Hindu faith vital to the region in which it originated.
So, in that, you have answered all 3 qualifications, but still put it in context of a main point about Hinduism. The other option would be to pretty much write 3 different essays and put them together as one, like chapters in a book ~ with 3 different topic statements and supporting arguments. I think that way would be harder, but it's up to you.
I would really begin with the cultural and societal influences and go from there, since that brings a good background to the reasons for the belief system.
Thanks for your insight Matt :o)
Great ideas! I am progressing with my paper, but need to develop it more clearly so it fits together with good transitions.
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