I am writing an essay about Middle Ages Literature. The problem is: I can't figure out how to address the questions "so what?" and "who cares?" to my essay.
The paper is about how fame defines a character, regardless of heroic deeds (or the lack of), but I can't seem to make my thesis relevant. Also, what audience would I write to for an essay analyzing the hero-archetype? Who would care about whether or not fame defines the hero?
Let me answer your second question first: think of your audience as a brilliant but unpretentious friend. Write with this one person in mind. That's