What is an essay?

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In many people’s lives, there are times when you need to substantiate in writing any point of view, explain your actions, describe your impressions of something, tell about yourself, etc. etc. And for this, the writing of an essay is most suitable. In this article, we will just talk about what it is and how to write it. Immediately we will give a small explanation: the article is presented in the form of specific information blocks that reveal certain features of the essay.

An essay is a small essay, written in a prosaic style and having a free composition, as well as expressing the personal considerations, conclusions and impressions of a person on a given topic, but not originally intended to be exhaustive or fundamental to the question under consideration.

Signs of the essay

Small volume

In general, of course, there are no definite boundaries in question what is an essay, in terms of its volume. But it is recommended to write an essay, which is almost always done, with a volume of from three to seven pages of printed text (computer). But, for example, many universities in Russia are allowed to write essays up to ten pages in length (typewritten text), and at Harvard Business School they only write essays on two pages.

The specifics of the topic and the subjectivity of interpretation

In an essay, there is always a specific topic. Therefore, an essay, by definition, cannot address extensive topics, contain a large number of ideas and should reflect and develop only one thought or answer one question.

Free composition

There should be absolutely no formal framework in the essay. Often, many works in the essay genre are not built on the laws of logic, but are subject to certain arbitrary associations and can even be built on the principle of “The opposite is true”.

Ease of narration

While working on an essay, the author must adhere to the confidential manner of communication with the reader, avoid complex, overly strict, obscure formulations, and be fluent in the topic, be able to show it from different angles in order to present the reader with a comprehensive view of the problem under consideration, which will become the basis of his future reflections.

Sense integrity

This is just one of the paradoxes of the essay: a work characterized by a free composition and subjectivity of presentation, along with it has internal semantic integrity, i.e. consistency of the main theses and statements of the author, the harmony of associations and arguments and consistency of judgments.