How to Write a Deductive Essay on Emma Larkin’s “Finding George Orwell in Burma”

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Posted on December 18, 2015

Deductive essay writing is a form of essay writing which evaluates your knowledge of concepts. When writing such an essay, your piece must be based on the idea that a single concept in the form of a set of circumstances or a single concept in the form of different premises can be used from which to draw a reasonable assumption about what the current state of that situation is (for your deductive essay you can select a great topic by flicking trough the list based on “Finding Orwell in Burma” by E. Larkin). This is, essentially, a type of puzzle that has to be solved by the reader by giving them enough information.
For Example:
If your goal in the work is to show that the Burmese government committed human rights violations, you would want to take individual factors about the actions of the Burmese government and present them to the reader so that the reader can weigh each individual factor and their knowledge about each factor as an individual set of events or actions, then add the group of events or actions together, and from that, find a conclusion. The use of surveillance, torture, imprisonment, and death might be separate events or acts which the reader uses to conclude that the human rights violations took place.
For a deductive essay there are three main components:
1) Premise
The premise is the first component. It is a basic belief or a basic fact which you use as the foundation from which the reader will draw conclusions. You might present more than one premise in your argument. This is perfectly acceptable. You can get some facts from the suggested ones on “Finding Orwell in Burma” by E. Larkin.
2) Evidence
The evidence you present functions as the second component. The evidence is what support you have for your premise. This can be a story you have analyzed, information that has been collected, or something that was observed.
For Example:
If your goal in the work is to show that the Burmese government committed human rights violations, you would want to use the observations presented in the book as your evidence.
3) Conclusion
The conclusion is the third and final element contained in the essay. This is where you present your final analysis of the situation which you have presented. The final analysis has to be based on your different premises and the evidence you have collected.
For Example:
Premise: All horses are animals.
Evidence: Mary Lou is a Horse.
Conclusion: Mary Lou is an animal.
Obviously this example is rudimentary, but it nonetheless offers great insight into the process and helps to simplify it for the sake of learning.
Deductive reasoning is something founded on the most local deduction you can make with all of the pieces of evidence you have at your disposal. It must also focus on the most likely or the most reasonable outcome. Your conclusion may not be the only one, but it should be the most likely.
Your essay should be clear and remain focused with each paragraph reserved for a particular point or aspect and its supporting details and examples. The more support you have in terms of evidence, the stronger your conclusion will be. The opposite is also true: if you have weak evidence your conclusion will be weak.

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