The short answer is one. An academic essay should focus on making a single, focused argumentative point.
Sometimes the point can be complex, which may create an illusion that more than one point is being made. However, a successful essay will always take a clear position on a single issue.
The challenge of writing the essay then becomes the challenge of (1) explaining the exact nature of the position being take and (2) demonstrating the reasons this position is better than others.
Write to clearly explain:
- What exactly are you trying to say?
- Why are you saying that (instead of saying something else)?
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