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In Fiction paragraphs encapsulate an image, and if one sees narrative as a succession of images, then paragraphing manages the flow of the narrative much like cuts in film manage the narrative flow visually.

In Essays paragraphs encapsulate a point and the development and support of that point.

Thus, consider your paragraphs as a break in sense. A resting place for your reader to consider your point before moving onto the next point.

P I E

POINT (topic sentence)

ILLUSTRATION

ELABORATION / EXPLANATION

 

 PARAGRAPHS

The Pilcrow

Ancient scribes would put various marks in the margins to show paragraphs breaks. 

Thus, a mark beside the text.

EXAMPLE LITERARY

EXAMPLE SCIENTIFIC

EXAMPLE THESIS TIE IN

PIE ANALYSIS

WAYS TO ILLUSTRATE

WAYS TO ELABORATE

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   Possible development of Pilcrow from Capitulum

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