Shifting From Opposing Arguments To Supporting Arguments In Your Essay

The writing of almost any essay will require you to make a thesis statement and then develop an argument to support your case. It's a bit like a lawyer in a court case presenting their side of the argument. This is where the structure of your essay and the quality of your research come together with your writing skills to produce, what is hopefully, a very high-scoring piece of prose.

But there are times when you introduce both the supportive and the opposing points of view always with the aim to consolidate your thesis statement. It is easy to shift between opposing arguments when you are quite clear as to the main idea or point you are trying to make. As an example, let us assume the topic of your essay is to do with child care. You could be arguing that the government has a responsibility to provide such facilities for working parents. This enables couples to have a family yet at the same time continue in their respective careers.

Make sure you know your main point

So let us say that you are arguing against child care facilities on the grounds that children are deprived of a proper life of emotional care when they are left with properly trained but definitely non-family members. That is your argument. You can make a number of points to substantiate your case referring to clinical studies which point to behavioural problems with young children who are placed in care with people who are not family members. Many such studies exist.

But the way in which you shift from opposing to supporting arguments is that on this very point you then admit that by having child care facilities freely available, parents are both able to continue their normal employment and as such earn a good income. This in turn means a greater contribution in taxation and thus the government benefits from this increased revenue.

It's only a simple step of shifting from one side of the argument to the other. The point being that you showed to the reader in your writing that you are aware of both sides of the story and by using references to an opposing argument you not only indicate your overall knowledge of the subject, but you skilfully use such an opposing argument to reinforce the point or points you are making.

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