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What is an essay?

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An essay is an extended piece of writing that presents and supports a thesis or proposition. The word ‘essay’ derives from the Latin word ‘exagium’, meaning the presentation of a case.

When you write an essay you are making a case for the validity of a particular point of view, analysis, interpretation, or set of facts or procedures.

There are many types of essays…

  • argumentative,
  • descriptive,
  • synoptic,
  • analytical,
  • exploratory,
  • review,
  • and so on

… but they all have the common objective of presenting and defending a topic and a stance to the reader.

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Consequently, essays all rely not only on the validity of the facts they communicate but also on the selection, critical evaluation, organisation, and presentation of these facts.

 

 

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