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Past or present tense for my essay?





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i know you use present tense when writing a normal essay, but what about research essays?if you read The Great Gatsby, im comparing the events in the novel to the authors life. would i use present tense when talking about the events in the novel, then use past tense when talking about the authors life?oh, and btw, t he authors dead



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2 Responses so far.

  1. datafox says:

    Present tense keeps it more interesting. It allows you to explore the story as if it is currently happening, showing the readers the things you want them to see. And don’t worry about Fitzgerald being dead, you can still talk about what he “does” with the story. After all, the story itself still exists!

  2. wreamed says:

    When talking about events in any piece of literature, you must use present tense, because the events will be taking place every time you read the piece of literature.Since the author’s life is finished and the events that happened in their life are done, you speak about the author’s life in past tense.