Everything you Need to Know about the Four Kinds of Essays

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Understanding the obsession of professors with essays is trying to capture the photo of a lightening – it’s next to impossible. I mean, what is with all the assignments of penning down essays on endless topics? And on the top of that, after you’ve put hours on them, taken them as close to perfection as you could have – your professor asks you to redo it just because ‘it wasn’t the kind of essay they wanted.’

Assuming that you somehow controlled the fit of anger and frustration and managed not to kill your professor, let us make sure that similar incident doesn’t happen again. This is because quite frankly, essays do take quite a lot of effort. So to avoid situations like this, you should be aware of the context first. So before you start on your next essay, let me tell you about the different types of essays that exist, and their features.

Narrative Essays

A narrative type essay is basically a story – real or hypothetical depending on the circumstances and the purpose of the essay. When you’re writing a narrative essay, it is mandatory to use first person (obviously). As soon as you use the word ‘I’ the readers will feel connected and will feel that they’re a part of the essay. I realized this when I was researching to do my essay back in college.

Now since you’re narrating a story, you have a great opportunity to ‘hook’ the readers in the very first sentence itself by using an irresistible dialogue. You have to be very skilled with adjectives so as to make the readers feel that they were present when the scene was taking place.

Features of a Narrative Essay:

•There is purpose of narration in an essay. It should not be aimless.
•Often, dialogues are used in a narrative essay.
•The tense used in the dialogue might be different than the tense of the narrative.
•The language is very descriptive so as to paint an image of the scene that is being narrated.
•It includes every element of a story – plot, characters, setting, climax, and ending.

Descriptive Essays

Quite similar to a narrative essay, the only way in which it’s different from the former is it’s not written in first person. This CatID covers all the essays that are written to describe a person, place, animal, or thing. This class of essays is also a narrative, just not in the first person; the readers feel like they are looking at a painting while listening to a person describing it.

Now to write an attractive and successful descriptive essay, you need to be as specific as you can about the details of the subject that you’ve taken up. Also, the paragraphs should be in some sort of logical order.

Features of a Descriptive Essay

•This CatID of essay can be subjective or objective.
•Involves covering every sensory detail to provide acute imaging of the object.
•Helps readers create a mental picture of the object being described.
•It is never written in first person.
•There is no specified number of paragraphs mentioned.

Expository Essays

This CatID covers all the essays with ‘matter-of-fact’ tone. An expository essay is always written in third person, which means if you’re writing an expository essay, you should refrain from using ‘I’ or ‘you.’ This is because expository essays are all about facts and figures and stating or supporting a thesis or theory.

The statement or the point that you want to make should be made clear in the first paragraph itself. The rest of the paragraphs should be covering explained points supporting the core thesis.

Features of an Expository Essay:

•It is always written third person.
•There are no opinions in this, just the facts.
•It always begins with a sentence that tells about the topic.
•If there are events to be mentioned, they are always in chronological order.

Persuasive Essays

This type of essay is similar to an expository essay in terms that it is about stating and supporting a theory or thesis, but different from it on the grounds of the usage of first person. First person may be used in a persuasive essay because in this CatID, essays have to have a point of view, an opinion of the author on a contradictory topic that is supported by facts and figures.

So to write this kind of essay, you need to be polite and straightforward so as to not offend someone but still make your point.

Features of a Persuasive Essay:

•Every paragraph in this essay has the opening sentence talking about the topic, the examples with evidences, and the conclusion.
•Since the purpose is to persuade, the most lucrative point or sentence is placed at the start or the end.
•It contains evidences to prove the point of view of a single individual (author.)

If you still feel like looking for help, turn to the best essay writing services that are available on the internet.
About author: Sourabrata Das

This article is contributed by Peter Lewis, who is a professional blogger and contributing author at several educational blogs. He also offers academic assistance to students who seek for expert assignment help. His blogs mostly focus on informational description that can help students to improve their academic performance. 


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