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The Great Encyclopedic Dictionary gives the following definition: "An essay is a genre
philosophical, literary-critical, historical-biographical, journalistic
prose, combining the emphasis on the individual position of the author with a laid-back,
often paradoxically focused on spoken language. "

You can highlight some common signs (features) of the genre, which are usually
listed in encyclopedias and dictionaries:
1. Small volume.
There are, of course, no rigid boundaries. Essay volume - from three to seven
pages of computer text. For example, at Harvard Business School often
essays are written in just two pages. In Russian universities allowed
essay up to ten pages, however, typescript.
2. A specific topic and its subjectively interpreted interpretation.
The topic of the essay is always specific. An essay cannot contain many topics or ideas.One of the topics could be "write my essay"
(thoughts). It reflects only one option, one thought. And develops it. it
the answer to one question.
3. Free composition is an important feature of the essay.
Researchers note that essays are inherently designed to not tolerate
no formal framework. It is often built contrary to the laws of logic,
obeys arbitrary associations, guided by the principle of "All
vice versa. "
4. Ease of storytelling.
It is important for the author of the essay to establish a trusting style of communication with the reader; so that
to be understood, he avoids intentionally complicated, obscure, excessively strict
constructions. Researchers say that only a good essay can be written
anyone who is fluent in the topic sees it from various angles and is ready to present
the reader does not have an exhaustive, but multifaceted view of the phenomenon that has become
starting point of his thoughts.
5. The tendency to paradoxes.
An essay is designed to surprise the reader (listener) - this, according to many
researchers, its obligatory quality. Starting point for thought,
embodied in an essay, is often an aphoristic, vivid statement or
paradoxical definition, literally confronting at first glance
indisputable, but mutually exclusive statements, characteristics,
6. Internal semantic unity
Perhaps this is one of the paradoxes of the genre. Free in composition
focused on subjectivity, the essay at the same time has an internal
semantic unity, i.e. consistency of key points and statements,
the internal harmony of arguments and associations, the consistency of those
judgments in which the author\'s personal position is expressed.
7. Speech orientation
At the same time, it is necessary to avoid the use of slang, template phrases,
contraction of words, too frivolous tone. The language used in
writing an essay should be taken seriously.
So, when writing an essay, it is important to determine (clarify) its topic, to determine the desired
scope and purpose of each paragraph.
Begin with the main idea or bright phrase. The task is to immediately grab the reader’s attention
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