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In school life, when a student is given to write as essay, it usually intimidates him because writing an essay is considered one of the toughest things of any language. An essay can be on a number of topics such as oneself, one's family, pets, a season, the country, a festival, a tour. These essays are assigned to students in their formative years. Ever since then, the first thing they are taught is how to write a good introduction. Many grammar and language books provide with the introduction essay examples.  These essay introduction samples are of much help to students who are learning how to write an essay. The teachers also tutor them on the subject. However, no teacher or book is more important than individual writing practise. The more one practises writing and reads more books, the more expert can he be in the field of writing essays. This habit comes in very handy in later years when one is pursuing his master degree or a PhD where thesis writing is the main area of getting marked and a thesis with an exceptional introduction is viewed more favourably than the others. Thus, writing an essay introduction is probably one of the most important things in an essay because it is the first thing which the reader goes through. A catchy essay introduction will attract the reader and capture his attention for the rest of the piece. The introduction to an essay should be in proportion to the length of the essay. This piece will explain the meaning, construction of introductions to essays as well as provide some examples of essay introductions.


The introduction for an essay should be captivating as well as informative so as to put in the picture of the issue discussed in the essay. Below are some tips for writing an introduction to essay:

  • A good essay introduction should not begin with a dictionary meaning or the like. It's a cliché and does not impress the reader. Beginning an introduction with a famous quote or an anecdote or a small story which is witty as well as pertaining to the subject of the essay is always welcome by the readers. It makes the introduction interesting which immediately adds flair to the essay.
  • The introduction should introduce the essay in few lines and explain any keywords which are essential to know about. This is usually done so words are not wasted in the body of the essay.
  • Essay introductions should not include any thorough discussion of the topic. Only in the end of the introductory paragraph, the author should start off the essay.
  • If it is an argumentative essay, the introduction should not begin with the author's opinion on the subject of the essay. Instead, he should present the issue and then talk about the different opinions, finally presenting his own. It is only in the body where he should substantiate his views with adequate proof, citing examples and statistics.
  • Introduction examples for essays can be: a line from any novel, a line from a poem, a famous saying of an author/ poet, an example, an anecdote which can be real-life or taken from any source.
  • The introduction should first address the basics of the subject such as "what", "why", "how". Making the reader familiar with these answers helps them to evaluate the essay better.

Introduction to essays can be generated by essay introduction generator, usually online services, which provide an introduction for an essay for a charge.  However, it is always to the credit of the author if the introduction is written by the author himself. Any good essay written for a thesis is checked for plagiarism which can be penalized if the work is not original. To be on the safe side, one should attempt writing a good introduction for his essay; after all, original effort is always appreciated and marked accordingly.


Examples of introduction for essays can be found all over the internet as well as in many guide books widely available in the market. Below is one of sample essay introductions for the convenience of students:

Macbeth essay introduction:

One of the best pieces of tragedy written by the greatest playwright ever, William Shakespeare, was Macbeth. Concerning a war hero, whose ascend to the throne was predicted by the witches he had met by chance and his journey towards his demise is what Macbeth is all about. An equal important character is Lady Macbeth, his wife, whose dilemma is unravelled throughout the play which brings to light her debatable character. Macbeth is best read in original by Shakespeare as abridged versions distort the actual essence of the drama.

The above essay introduction sample is informative about the author, the subject of the drama and the main elements of the play. By this, the reader already has a brief idea about the play and knows what to expect in the forthcoming essay. It is neither too long nor too short for an essay of approximate 1000 words, which is the normal word-length for school or college level essays. Providing too much information will also make the reader skip parts of the essay. Thus, the introduction should be concise but precise, introducing the topic but leaving a question in the mind of the reader to induce him to read the rest of the essay with interest.  Given below is another introduction essay example.


“The best things in life are free, but the second best are very expensive" – Coco Chanel

While some may consider this statement to be true, others may disagree. This essay is not an argumentative one but it discusses the "good" things in life. The title itself seems to be a debate. So, what are the good things in life? A house? A sports car? A walk-in closet? Or maybe a healthy family and two square meals a day? Opinions differ, tastes differ and thus the perception of what is "good". Today a person might have his eyes set upon an expensive Harley-Davidson as his dream ride which is "good" to him. After months of saving, he finally goes and purchases it, shows it off for a few more months. But after that that no longer is "good" for him for now he desires an Audi Sports car which is to his liking and that is "good" now. So, where does this end, one may ask…the hard truth is that it does not. Our thinking of what is "good" is never static and nothing can satisfy us for lifetime. This essay is all about human behaviour in various situations and what separates their way of looking at things at different points of time. Essentially it revolves around the famous statement made by the business magnate, Ratan Tata, "Money may not buy happiness but I prefer to cry in my Mercedes than on a bicycle!"