Academic Essay Structures and Formats

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Understanding For many years I have been taught that to write an essay I need to make sure I follow a specific set of steps. English class, in high school, had an essay format that consisted of an introduction, a body with at least three paragraphs, and a conclusion. The introduction was the most significant part of the essay because it was at this point where you explained what the argument, the purpose and the main points of it were. Furthermore, it was of utmost importance that in the introduction there was a thesis statement, which stated what you wanted to prove with the paper. However, despite my previous knowledge of writing, as I started college, English class or College Writing had a whole different concept about writing your…show more content…
Personally, Appiah’s essay is tough to comprehend the first time I read it because he simply explains thoughts and never reaches his own conclusion. For me, considering my previous knowledge, an essay without a conclusion was not an essay. However, when I read the essay for the second time I began to feel more keen about it, and I noticed that by using this style, the essay allowed the reader to discover his or her own conclusion. I believe that Appiah’s approach to writing an essay, without determining a specific conclusion allows the reader to discover knowledge because by not having opinions trusted into our own thoughts, we are permitted to decide what we want to believe. “The Loss of the Creature” by Waker Percy, is another essay that lacks a conclusion. Percy talks about how people are losing the ability to do or to try new things because their lives are filled with the tales of others’ experiences, and they choose to live off the possibilities that are handed to them instead of creating their own. Percy’s essay is similar to Appiah’s in that they are successful at setting forth an opinion without reaching a specific conclusion and by providing anecdotes and examples. However, Percy’s essay differs because his anecdotes are personal. He gives examples that allow the reader to relate and compare his or her experiences with Percy’s
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