Essay writing in English. Part One

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This article will be considered in detail an example of an essay that would be written student at the Faculty of Humanities, Department of English Literature. We shall deal with a short essay (about 500 words), and will use all the nuances that were discussed in previous articles. So, let’s begin.

1. Suppose you are asked to write a short essay on the theme «The Theme of Love in English Literature». First, where to start writing any essay – a statement of the thesis (Thesis statement). Let me remind you that the thesis – is the main idea of ​​your work, your conclusion as clear and specific. Think about what you are writing your work. Exactly what your essay will be different from all the others on the same subject. Fathomless love theme, so you have to pick out just one aspect of it and examine it in detail in his essay.

Let’s say you decide to opt for romantic love and the love between parents and children. Why not on the one thing? It is worth noting a little trick that will help you write hundreds of essays, guided by one principle. The fact that the choice of two aspects of the topic, they, in the end, you can … compare. In other words, you can devote to your work comparing romantic love between a man and a woman and the love between parents and children, to find the common and distinctive features, and eventually build a very specific point. Matching principle always works flawlessly, as comparing the two aspects, first of all you are analyzing (and not simply list the facts), which significantly increases the value of your work as a research. Therefore take note that if you do not know something to start in this particular subject, try to find two aspects that can be mapped (this may be two aspects, two competing views on an issue, and so on). Example thesis, written on the same principle can be found here. Learn more at

But back to the subject I love and try to make a point:

Love is one of the major themes in Western literature. Love is generally considered to play a central role in people’s lives, so many English writers frequently turn to this theme in their literary works. Love can be interpreted differently: it can be romantic love, which becomes a main motif in love poetry, or love between parents and children, which is usually considered in view of family relations in general. Actually, the family relationship differs completely from the romantic relations of two lovers; nevertheless, the concept of family love is based on the same value system. Moreover, various literary works deal with the theme of love for a friend, for God or for one’s self. In other words, the concept of love can be interpreted differently in various texts; and each text usually concerns one specific aspect of love.

We had a pretty clear thesis, in which, first, are the theme of love, and, secondly, the theme fleshed out, and focuses on the kind of love and its various interpretations. This complete thesis may well serve as your introduction. I want to draw a special attention to the use of special words-connections (for example, nevertheless, moreover, in other words), which is highly desirable to include in each paragraph so that they (paragraphs) look more slender and easily understood by the reader.

Once you have made the thesis, it is time to think through your work. This will help you a plan. In this case, the first and last points of the plan will be your introduction (thesis) and conclusion (O) respectively. The fact that you left is to organize the bulk of (body) of your work and organize all of your arguments.

Let’s think about what arguments can be included in our essay with you. Again, I note that we have a small essay, so the argument is a bit, let’s say two. One of them will deal with themes of romantic love, and the second – the love between parents and children. It is clear that these two arguments are translated into separate two paragraphs.

What else needs to consider before you start writing? Let’s say you have thought about the possible arguments (podtezisy for each paragraph.) It now remains to be illustrated, that is, to consider specific examples. In our case examples will be two works of English literature. Let’s start with the topic of romantic love. Personally, I have immediately begs the logical example – Romeo and Juliet.

Paragraph, you can build one of the most common and simple circuits – TRIAC. According to this scheme, the paragraph will be a minimum of five sentences: podtezis, as explained to him, an example, an analysis of the example and the output of podtezisu. Let’s now try to shift this very logical scheme on our theme of romantic love. So, the next paragraph of the essay might look like this:

In connection with the theme of romantic love it is obvious to turn to Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet (pending podtezis). The author describes the relations of two young people who love each other in spite of the burning animosity between their families (podtezis disclosed more fully.) Romeo and Juliet is the story about first love, innocent and sometimes childish love, which cannot survive in the cruel world of Verona with its family wars and intrigues. Two young people live in their own unreal world and believe honestly in immortal love (specific description – an illustration). Obviously, their views on the world as perfect, their extremely impulsive emotions and their instincts are not acceptable in real life. Their perfect world of love clashed with the society’s incomprehension, and tragic circumstances lead to the personal downfall of the protagonists (your own analysis of an example). Nevertheless, the story about Romeo and Juliet has been considered as the symbol of immortal love for many generations of readers (general conclusion on podtezisu).

Optional all paragraphs to build this way, but you see, the structure is very logical and coherent, so no harm will take it on board. Just want to warn you of an in-depth retelling. Your example is complementary argument, so do not get hung up on the story, put the emphasis on the analytical part of the paragraph.