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Essay Writing Composition

 

The simplest form of an essay has essentially two ingredients. A statement or point that requires clarification, amplification or proof and secondly the materials that clarify, amplify, or prove the statement. A complex essay is simply a combination of such units revolving around an even more general statement. The most general statement of the essay is the “core statement”; the less general statements are called the “main points”; and the least general statements are better known as “sub points”. The level of generality further depends on the writer’s intent and skills of justifying the topic in the relevant context.

Essay writing is a vast field and its composition differs from place to place. Some writers prefer addressing the core statement as ‘the subject sentence’, ‘the theme sentence’, ‘the thesis’, or ‘the proposition’. Whatever the label used, it signifies that element which gives unity to everything in the essay.

The purpose of every essay is to convey the core statement to the audience to inform, persuade or entertain them, as the case may be. The main benefit to be derived from formulating the core statement at the outset of the organizational process is that it will provide you with an immediate test of the relevance of any material you introduce in the essay. If any main point, sub point, or supporting material does not clearly relate to the core statement, then it should be discarded. One of the essential functions of the core statement is to keep you from introducing into the essay materials that are irrelevant and hence confusing to the reader. A core statement thus ensures the utility of the essay.

Essay Writing Organizational Structure

The various main points and sub points of the presentation that clarify, amplify, or prove the core statement have to be organized systematically so that they can be easily understood by the reader. Innumerable patterns of organization are available since each essay is unique.

Systematic arrangement of material is crucial in informative essay if the reader is to retain the information presented. Those essays that seem to leap from point to point without any sense of direction seldom leave the reader with anything meaningful to focus on.

Every essay must be organized properly into the three vital components of introduction, body and conclusion. The dual purpose of any introduction is to alert the audience to the subject of the essay and to arouse an interest in the readers for the detailed information contained in the body of the essay.

The selection of a method for starting an essay will be determined by factors relating to the topic, audience interest, audience knowledge level and the writing time available. When readers are not vitally concerned with the topic, it is useful to begin with a rhetorical question, starting statement, or unusual illustration. Since the introduction of the essay captures the reader’s attention, aroused his interest in the information to come, the writer is ready to present the information itself. To promote the reader’s comprehension of your ideas, and to maintain attention at a high level, you should organize the body of your essay into meaningful groupings. These groupings will be more easily remembered if they can be arranged in a logical pattern.

 

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