Essays:

An essay is a piece of formal written composition.

 

What is an essay?

One of the most common written assignments you will be asked to prepare at university is an essay. An academic essay is a document or text written in order to:

§         analyse a topic closely

§         develop a point of view in relation to that topic through research and thought

§         persuade your reader that the point of view you have developed is well supported by the ideas and information you present

Essays have three main parts or stages:

1.       the initial statement of the point of view that you have developed in response to the topic (sometimes called the thesis statement). This part of the essay is the introduction.

2.       the argument or arguments which are presented to support this point of view. This part is the body of the essay

the summary of the arguments and the restatement of the overall point of view that has been developed. This part of the essay is the conclusion

 

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Essay

The essay is an art form with a long and powerful tradition and recognizable qualities. The most important element of an essay is your thinking. Unless you write honestly, with the conviction that comes when using your own voice, you are not writing an essay. An essay generally addresses one central question and develops a thesis--the answer to the question. Usually you explain or defend your thesis with reasons and evidence gained from your own personal experience; often you are expected to include new thinking gained from your reading or research. Generally, you will need to settle on some organizational strategy, often including an introduction, body, and conclusion.
 

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Essays:

An essay is a piece of formal written composition. Essay-writing is an important part of most humanities subjects. Although different subjects may have different conventions, rules and styles for essays (and these conventions should be carefully followed), the basic skills of essay-writing are common to all these subjects. Essay-writing is taught directly in English classes, and you should try to apply what you learn in these classes when writing essays in other subjects, including history.

 

 

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What is an essay? The dictionary tells us it's "a short literary composition on a particular theme or subject, usually in prose and generally analytic, speculative, or interpretive."Random House Dictionary of the English Language, 2nd ed. But in centuries past, as the entry from Dr. Johnson's 18th-century dictionary suggests, the term meant something more uncertain and provisional. To write an essay originally meant to explore or try out ideas. This old meaning lingers in the verb to essay (accent on the second syllable), meaning "to try"—and it remains the underlying idea of the essay. A true essay is a try, a journey of discovery for reader and writer (for more on writing as a way to learn, see the next section on Thinking).

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The word "essay" comes from the French essai, a try or attempt. The essay is an attempt to communicate information, opinion, or feeling, and usually it presents an argument about a topic. In the university context, an essay is an exercise that gives the student an opportunity to explore and clarify thoughts about a subject. In the larger world the essay appears in newspapers as opinion articles, editorials, reviews, and the more thorough commentary on news.

If at times the essay form seems a little artificial, or removed from the kinds of writing you expect to produce when you leave university, remember that the skills you learn in thinking, organizing, researching, and writing will be required in almost any career. There will always be expository reports to write and arguments to present.

 

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An essay is a relatively short piece of writing dealing with any one subject.

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The word essay means an attempt. Like a single throw in a javelin competition, it should deal with one issue in a unified way. Essays, therefore, focus on their title, rather than discussing everything to do with the subject. Some people say that the unity should come from taking the form of an argument that takes the reader from the title at the beginning to a conclusion at the end.

It is helpful to think of an essay as having four parts:

1) The introduction will explain the academic problem as you see it, and say how you intend to handle it. It tells the reader what to expect, and what to look for.

2) The body or content of the essay will contain the points you want to make, with supporting arguments and evidence. It must show the reader that you know your subject. You do this by explaining the subject to the reader. It should also present the evidence for the essay's argument.

3) The conclusion

4) The bibliography is the list of books and other sources you use for the essay. The bibliography should relate to references in the essay

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The best essays have a clear line of argument, and they present a thesis. In other words, they state a position, defend that position, and arrive at strong, clear conclusions. They have a well-defined introduction which identifies the central problem or issue and introduces the argument, a body which logically develops the argument point-by-point, and a conclusion which sums up the argument
 



 


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Dictionary - Thesaurus

 

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5 entries found for Essay.

 

  1. (s)
    1. A short literary composition on a single subject, usually presenting the personal view of the author.
    2. Something resembling such a composition: a photojournalistic essay.
  2. A testing or trial of the value or nature of a thing: an essay of the students' capabilities.
  3. An initial attempt or endeavor, especially a tentative attempt.


tr.v. es·sayed, es·say·ing, es·says (-s, s)

  1. To make an attempt at; try.
  2. To subject to a test.

 


[French essai, trial, attempt, from Old French, from essayer, to attempt, from Vulgar Latin *exagire, to weigh out, from Late Latin exagium, a weighing  : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European Roots. V., from Middle English assaien from Old French assaer, assaier, variant of essayer.]

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47 entries found for Essay.

Entry:  

essay

Function:  

noun

Definition:  

dissertation

Synonyms:  

article, composition, discourse, discussion, disquisition, explication, exposition, manuscript, paper, piece, study, theme, thesis, tract, treatise

Concept:  

document

Source:  

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Entry:  

essay

Function:  

noun

Definition:  

attempt

Synonyms:  

aim, bid, crack, crack, dry run, effort, endeavor, exertion, experiment, fling, go, hassle, labor, lick, one's all, shot, stab, striving, struggle, test, toil, travail, trial, try, try, try on, tryout, undertaking, venture, whack, work

Concept:  

attempting

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Entry:  

essay

Function:  

verb

Definition:  

attempt

Synonyms:  

aim, assay, endeavor, labor, offer, seek, strive, struggle, take on, test, toil, travail, try, try out, undertake, venture, work

Antonyms:  

be idle, neglect, pass

Concept:  

attempting

Source:  

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Entry:  

aim

Function:  

verb

Definition:  

point

Synonyms:  

address, angle, aspire, attempt, cast, concentrate, contemplate, covet, design, direct, endeavor, essay, fix, focus, intend, level, mean, move in, plan, propose, purpose, sight, sight on, slant, steer, strive, target, train, want, wish, zero in, zoom in

Concept:  

positioning

Source:  

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Entry:  

article

Function:  

noun

Definition:  

writing

Synonyms:  

beat, blurb, column, commentary, composition, discourse, editorial, essay, exposition, feature, item, paper, piece, scoop, spread, story, theme, think piece, treatise, write-up

Concept:  

document

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Entry:  

attempt

Function:  

verb

Definition:  

try

Synonyms:  

aim, attack, endeavor, essay, exert oneself, experiment, look to, pursue, push, seek, solicit, strive, tackle, take on, undertake, venture

Antonyms:  

accomplish, achieve, fulfill, succeed

Concept:  

attempting

Source:  

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Entry:  

bid

Function:  

noun

Definition:  

endeavor

Synonyms:  

attempt, crack, effort, essay, try, venture

Concept:  

attempting

Source:  

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Entry:  

book

Function:  

noun

Definition:  

document

Synonyms:  

album, atlas, bestseller, bible, booklet, brochure, codex, compendium, copy, dictionary, dissertation, edition, encyclopedia, essay, fiction, folio, handbook, hardcover, leaflet, lexicon, magazine, manual, monograph, nonfiction, novel, octavo, offprint, omnibus, opus, opuscule, pamphlet, paperback, periodical, portfolio, preprint, primer, publication, quarto, reader, reprint, scroll, softcover, speller, text, textbook, thesaurus, tome, tract, treatise, volume, work, writing

Concept:  

document

Source:  

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Entry:  

compete

Function:  

verb

Definition:  

challenge

Synonyms:  

attempt, bandy, battle, bid, challenge, clash, collide, contend, contest, cope with, emulate, encounter, essay, face, fence, fight, go after, go for, grapple, joust, lock horns, match strength, match wits, oppose, participate in, play, rival, run for, scramble for, seek prize, spar, strive, struggle, take on, take part, tilt, try, tussle, vie, wrestle

Antonyms:  

cooperate, share

Concept:  

competition

Source:  

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Entry:  

composition

Function:  

noun

Definition:  

creation

Synonyms:  

arrangement, article, chart, comp, concerto, dissertation, drama, essay, exercise, exposition, fiction, getup, manuscript, melody, music, novel, number, opus, paper, piece, play, poetry, rhapsody, romance, score, setup, short story, song, stanza, study, symphony, theme, thesis, tune, verse, work, writing

Concept:  

performing entity

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There a different types of essays. For example, here is one type called a Definition Essay.

What is a Definition Essay?

A definition essay is writing that explains what a term means. Some terms have definite, concrete meanings, such as glass, book, or tree. Terms such as honesty, honor, or love are abstract and depend more on a person's point of view.

 

Our Book’s Definition

The essay is a piece of nonfiction writing that uses five or more paragraphs to develop a single topic. The essay usually includes an introductory paragraph that states the thesis, three or more supporting paragraphs that develop the topic, and a concluding paragraph.

 

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