i dont know how to start my essay?

i dont know how to start my essay?
i have to write an essay on two symbols in the book Death Penalties. if anyone has ideas please help

Start with perhaps a quote or statement from the book that you can biuld on. In your opening paragraph try to establish the themes of your essay i.e. what you are going to write about and outline what you intend to be in each paragraph/ Every book has a theme or themes so you might want to explore those in the book and write about them in your essay. The opening paragraph(s) are all about establishing the framework for the rest of the essay. If you do this well it should be easy and the rest of the essay should just flow.