follow the simple but effective structure

 Try to follow the simple but effective structure of 1) introduction/ stating of argument/

thesis; 2) development of argument, including examples; 3) conclusion/ summary of argument.
? Strive for clarity in stating your argument or idea; ask yourself ?What point do I want to

make with my analysis??
? Make your argument as compelling as possible and strive for originality; do not simply

restate what others have already said; write about what you have to say.
? Your essay should be analytical, not simply descriptive (description should form the basis to

your argument and analysis, not an end in itself).
? Give specific examples to bolster your argument(s).

Topic:

Below is a passage from the Confucian Analects:
The Duke of She said to Confucius, “In my land there is an upright man. His father stole a

sheep, and the man turned him in to the authorities.” Confucius replied, “The upright

man in my land is different. The father will shelter the son and the son will
shelter the father. Righteousness lies in this.” (???????????????)

As this anecdote suggests, a society which takes filial piety (xi?o ? ) as its cardinal virtue

is sure to encounter contradictions in the application of this virtue-conflicts in which one

form of obedience enters into conflict with another.
With this issue in mind, examine the narrative poem “A Peacock Southeast Flew”(Mair,

255-265) How does the poem establish the conflicting loyalties it depicts–say, the relation of

parent and child, the relation of husband and wife, and so on? How does it weigh the legitimacy

of each bond? Does it aim for a solution, and if so, how successfully is the resolution

achieved?