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Key Elements Of A Essay

Formal essay

Incorporate these five important ingredients into your formal essays

Without the five major components of essay writing, you cannot present a well structured formal essay. Every student worth his salt needs to understand the basics of essay writing and essay formatting in order to move to the next academic level. With the advancements that have been made in the field of software and other language related applications, there are quite a few students who tend to depend on essay templates and software for their essay writing needs. Though these are good in their own way, they have a few limitations that could put a student back in his journey towards academic excellence.

Go through these five elements of a formal essay before you embark on your essay writing journey

1.  Every essay should begin with an introduction that contains a well structured and strongly worded thesis statement. This is an indication of what the essay is focusing on and the scope of the topic too.

2.  Your thesis statement would cover a fair amount of work that you intend doing. Therefore the second ingredient of all formal essays is the arrangement of paragraphs that contain supporting facts and data based on your intro.

3.  The shift between paragraphs need to be very smooth. At the end of the first paragraph there needs to be a transition sentence that indicates what will come up in the second paragraph. This smooth transition should be repeated.

4.  A perfect conclusion is the best end to a good essay. Any formal essay ensures that all points are brought to their logical ends in the concluding section.

5.  Language, style and tone -these make up the fifth element of a good essay. Simplicity is the key and do not try to go overboard trying to impress anybody with flowery language.

If you are able to understand the basic elements of essay writing, you will be able to learn how to write a good formal essay, fairly easily. Of course, your teacher is going to tell you that practice makes perfect and that it is essential to write an essay a day to see how you can be a good essay writer in a short period of time.

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The Elements of a Good Essay

 

Introduction: For a five-page essay, this element should be kept to a minimum! Please do not write a “funnel introduction”; we do not have the space to waste on generalities. Think of the introduction merely as a way to launch elegantly into your thesis statement. It can help to look at your motive for the paper (see below) as a means to this end.

 

Thesis: This is the key insight that you intend to convey. A thesis should lay out an argument and set the stage for the exploration that will follow. An example: “Demodocus’s song and Odysseus’s response bring to the fore distinctions between personal memory and public memory, or history.”

 

Motive: There should be something in your essay that offers a challenge: frames an ambiguity, explores a difficulty, asks a question. The motive provides the answer to the question, “Why bother writing this essay?” Note that this means that the question your essay explores should not have an obvious answer. A good motive surprises us with something we had not thought of before. General examples of good motives include:

 

-The truth is different from what one would expect on first reading.

-There is an interesting complexity or ambiguity that has gone unnoticed.

-A standard reading of a work needs challenging.

-The text is especially hard to make sense of, and its logical argument needs sorting out.

-A question presents itself in the text to which there may be a hidden answer.

-Something that seems minor in the text actually turns out to be very important.

 

Key Terms: Every coherent argument rests on a few recurring key terms, oppositions, and distinctions. Make sure that your reader can figure out what they are, and make sure that you have chosen the right words to indicate them.

 

Body Paragraphs: These should consist of (1) a claim, (2) evidence, and (3) an analysis of your evidence. See also the next two elements for further remarks on how body paragraphs should progress.

 

Complication or Development: A strong essay makes various turns and divides into sub-topics. It should also gain complexity as it progresses. This process can be helped immensely by revision. Look at your own thoughts and see how you can add another level to them, what new questions your own comments raise. Then include that new level in your revised essay by answering some of your own questions. Development (or the lack thereof) often registers in the transitions between paragraphs: pay special attention to these.

 

Implication or Significance: One important type of complication is to draw out or briefly speculate upon the broader significance of what you have been arguing—the implication of your analysis of a given text for the author’s works in general, or for the genre, or for the period.   Such reflections can often make a strong conclusion.

 

Conclusion: This does not need to repeat your thesis, although it is a good idea for the conclusion to remind your reader of the overall themes of your essay by establishing the broader implications of your thesis. Take things one step beyond the work you have been dealing with, but make sure not to go too far astray, or to generalize too much. You want to be suggestive, not confusing or clichéd.

 

 

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