The Road Essay

Select one of the quotes on faith, or consider another, and use the selected quote as the basis for your thesis statement.

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
Abraham Lincoln

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
Khalil Gibran

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
Mahatma Gandhi

The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.
Benjamin Franklin

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
Friedrich Nietzsche

If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.
Mahatma Gandhi

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.

Faith: not wanting to know what is true.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
Mahatma Gandhi

Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.
Martin Luther

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
Saint Augustine

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
Helen Keller

Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.
Thomas Aquinas

Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.
Henry Miller

After you have selected your quote on faith you are to compose a five-paragraph expository essay relative to the selected quote and the novel.  Select passages from the novel which support the perspective that your selected quote reflects.

The essay begins with your heading in the left-hand corner.  You then skip a line and write a title for the essay; the title should, at best, represent some insight about the essay.  Skip another line and begin you introduction:

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The Road of Faith

Your introduction should follow the instructed funnel method process:
A. Declare the title of the novel and the author
B. Followed by a summary of the plot.
C. Provide an anecdotal passage from the novel which serves to emphasize your summary and introduce your thesis.
D. Your thesis statement which includes the selected quote on faith.


The first body paragraph should explain what your selected quote means.  Use passages from the novel to support that understanding.  You may remember that a strong body paragraph uses several supporting passages per paragraph not just one-and-done.

The final two remaining body paragraphs are to discuss the quote on faith according to the novel.  Your discussion might best be organized by approaching the quote on faith in separate parts using passages from the novel to affirm your interpretation.

Each body paragraph should follow the instructed format:
A. Topic Sentence
B. Opinion
C. Supporting Passage(s)
D. Clarification
E. Conclusive Statement

You conclusion should be composed accordingly:
A. Restate your thesis which includes your selected quote
B. Review the main points of your discussion; use a final anecdotal passage to
emphasize your summary and to “spark” your thematic statement.
C.  Your essay concludes with a thematic statement–the statement that you feel is most meaningful relative the purpose of your discussion.

Remember that an expository essay does not draw attention to the author; do not you “Me” statements; the point is more effectively delivered if the sentence containing “I” eliminates the first person and delivers the expression as if the point of view is that if many people.