Topic sentence, introductory paragraph, supporting paragraphs, conclusion. The final outcome being, say, that Ahab in Moby Dick was a figure that is christ-like.
The most difference that is obvious real essays and the things one has to write at school is that real essays are not exclusively about English literature. Certainly schools should teach students how exactly to write. But because of a few historical accidents the teaching of writing has gotten mixed with the scholarly study of literature. And so from coast to coast students are writing not exactly how a baseball team with a budget that is small contend with the Yankees, or the role of color in fashion, or what constitutes a beneficial dessert, but about symbolism in Dickens.
With all the result that writing is built to seem boring and pointless. Who cares about symbolism in Dickens? Dickens himself will be interested in an essay about color or baseball.
How did things get this way? To resolve that people have to return back almost a thousand years. Around 1100, Europe at last begun to catch its breath after centuries of chaos, and once that they had the blissful luxury of curiosity they rediscovered that which we call “the classics.” The result was rather just as if we had been visited by beings from another system that is solar. Continue reading Remember the essays you had to create in high school?