The first essay we have studied was the narrative essay Narrative essa
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The first essay we have studied was the narrative essay. Narrative essays recount a sequence of related events and are often autobiographical. Those events are chosen because they suggest or illustrate some truth or insight. In "Shooting an Elephant" George Orwell narrates an episode from his life that led him to an important insight about imperialism. This story was about a police officer that was in a big predicament. The Burmese people did not like him at all. One day an elephant went running through the village and killed a man. The Burmese people got extremely angry and wanted to kill the elephant, so they looked to the officer for help. He got his rifle and went after the elephant. He couldn't decide if he should shoot the elephant or not, but in the end he did because of the pressure from the people. After he shot it, he realized he shouldn't have done it but he couldn't have afforded not because he knew the people would have turned on him even more. This story showed how he hated the way England was running its colonies, because it put the authoritative people in a bad position.
The second type of essay is the descriptive essay. These essays depict in words sensory observations-they evoke in the reader's imagination the sights and sounds, perhaps even the smells, that transport him or her to such places as Lars Eighners "On Dumpster Diving". Eighners use their descriptions of vehicles for ideas about expressing poverty. This story tells us what it is like to live on the streets and how to survive. I feel he wrote a very descriptive essay because he explains all his surroundings and about the sights and smells. As I was reading this essay, I had a very vivid picture in my head of what he was talking about, which is what I feel he was trying to get across to us.
The third type of essay is an argumentative essay. This essay wishes to persuade its readers as much as possible. It usually deals with controversial ideas; it marshals arguments and evidence to support a view; it anticipates and answers opposing arguments. Martin Luther King Jr. accomplishes all these ends in his "Letter from Birmingham Jail." In this essay he was trying to bring the black people together to reorganize black protest in a nonviolent way. He got this idea by a quote from Socrates-about how nonviolent protest will work much better then violent protest will. So as you can see, Martin Luther King Jr. was trying to persuade these people, which is exactly what this essay is all about.
The last type of essay is expository essay. These essays attempt to explain and elucidate, to organize and provide information. They often embody an extended definition of a complex conception such as love or patriotism. They may even describe a process-how to do something. I think the essay that fits this would be "Two Scenes from a Hospital". This essay had to parts to it but I think only one-part fits this. This is a very sad story in my opinion. I think it can also be considered an argumentative essay. This essay was about a mane by the name of Rocco Musolino. He was a man that liked to have fun with his friends and live a lot. He never liked to go to hospitals. After he had his first heart attack he wrote a living will, which assured he wouldn't be held alive by a "damn machine". The doctors made the choice to keep Rocco alive for 102 days after he really should have died. The doctors made the choice on his life instead of listening to what he wanted. On February 2, 1991 Rocco died. He spent 102 days longer in the George Town University Medical Center then he had ever wanted to. Melvin Urofsky wrote this essay in an expository way. He used expository writing to explain medical terms, and to explain about what goes on in hospitals. So as you can see this story can also be argumentative because you can argue about if thee doctor was right or not to do that, but I feel expository fits it as well.
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