Very broadly, consider the topic of an essay being: "Compare a popular culture song's lyrics to society."
I have chose the song "Right Now" by Fort Minor to write this essay on. To give you an idea of what the song is like, here just a few of the lyrics:
But no I'm just taking it in
Out the window of a hotel bedroom again
Tomorrow I'll be gone, I don't know when I'll be back
But in this world everything can change just like that
[Someone is] Scratching off a lotto ticket hoping for a real winner
Sneaking through the border just to work and to eat a real dinner
Essentially, the song is about the hard life of some people, including:
- immigrants trying to make a life in America
- homeless trying to fend for themselves: find something to eat, find somewhere to sleep
- families of soldiers stuck in Iraq
and how things can change so suddenly.
So, given that broad essay topic, is the following a good outline?
Here's my outline thus far:
- Working on a good hook
- mention song name, artist, release date
- bring up that life isn't easy for some
- thesis of the final line of the chorus: "But in this world everything can change just like that."
- introduce immigrants
- high hopes of coming into the country
- quote: "Sneaking through the border just to work and to eat a real dinner."
- describe how hopes can be given up due to the economy, things change, they're stuck once again in a tragic place
- introduce homeless
- quote: "There's somebody on the curb who really needs a jacket."
- weather, lack of shelter, lack of food, degrades their health, they may even start bad habits
- quote: "[He] spent half the rent at a bar getting plastered." and now he has to walk "to a shop where he's about to get fired."
- Do I need more here?
- introduce soldiers and their families
- quote: "For the act of freedom ... somebody is stuck in Iraq hoping that he gets shipped back breathing."
- Change in lifestyles for the soldier (new fears of life) and the family (begging and praying their beloved one will make it back)
- devasting when all of a sudden someone gets drafted
- I'm concerned that this paragraph needs to be restructured
- Many ways in this world where everything takes a sudden shift for the worse
- quote: "I'm just taking it in, out [of] a hotel bedroom window again. Tomorrow I'm gone, [and] I don't know when I'll be back."
- Working on a good way to wrap this up