Recall the essays you had to create in senior school?
Topic sentence, introductory paragraph, supporting paragraphs, conclusion. The conclusion being, say, that Ahab in Moby Dick was a Christ-like figure.
The most obvious difference between real essays and also the things one should write in school is the fact 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 study of literature. And thus all over the country students are writing not exactly how a baseball team with a small budget might compete with the Yankees, or perhaps the role of color in fashion, or what constitutes a good dessert, but about symbolism in Dickens.
With the result that writing was created to seem boring and pointless. Read More