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Peculiarities of the essay as a literary genre

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The presence of a specific topic or question.

The theme of the essayservice reviews is always concrete, some researchers say that it has a private

character. Such are, for example, the themes of M. Montaigne's essays: "On Old Age", "On Fame", "On Self-Esteem",

"On Books," "On Bad Means Serving a Good Purpose," "Against Idleness," "On the Thumb

Thumb of the Hand," etc. At the same time, the title of an essay is not in direct dependence on the topic: in addition to

In addition to reflecting the content of the work, it can be a starting point in the author's thoughts,

express the relationship of the part and the whole.

Personal character of perception of the problem and its comprehension.

In the essay the author's position is vividly expressed. The essay is a subjective genre, it is interesting and

valuable precisely because it gives the opportunity to see the personality of the author, the uniqueness of his position, style

thinking, speech, attitude to the world.

Small volume.

There are, of course, no rigid boundaries, but even the most eloquent

Essayist, as a rule, limits his/her essay to 2-3 dozens of pages (at the same time

one page, a few thought-provoking phrases) is usually enough.

Free composition.

The free composition of an essay is subject to its internal logic, and the main idea of the essay

should be searched for in the "motley lace" of the author's reflections. In this case, the problem touched upon

will be considered from different sides. Researchers note that the essay by its nature is arranged

in such a way that it does not tolerate any formal frameworks. It is often constructed contrary to the laws of logic,

is subject to arbitrary associations, is guided by the principle "Everything is backwards!".

Informality of narration.

It is important for the author of an essay to establish a trusting style of communication with the reader; in order to be

understandable, he or she avoids intentionally complicated, obscure, overly "strict" constructions.

Researchers note that a good essay can be written only by someone who is fluent in

the topic, sees it from different angles, and is ready to present the reader not an exhaustive, but

multidimensional view of the phenomenon that became the starting point of his thoughts.


The essay is designed to surprise the reader - this, according to many researchers, is its obligatory

quality. Moreover, the essay is born out of the surprise that the author has when reading a book,

watching a movie, in a conversation with a friend. The starting point for the reflections embodied

in essays, is often an aphoristic, vivid statement or a paradoxical definition,

literally colliding, at first glance, indisputable, but mutually exclusive

statements, characteristics, and theses. This is, for example, the theme of the essay "A Praise for Boredom" by Joseph

Brodsky. In order to convey a personal perception, mastering of the world, the author of the essay attracts

numerous examples; draws parallels; selects analogies; uses all kinds of


Internal semantic unity.

Perhaps this is one of the paradoxes of the genre. Free in composition, focused on

At the same time, the essay has an inner syntactic unity, i.e.

The free composition and subjectivityoriented essay has at the same time an inner unity of meaning, that is, the coherence of the key theses and statements, the inner harmony of arguments and

Associations, consistency of those judgments in which the personal position of the author is expressed.


An essay is essentially incomplete, not in the sense that the author

Not in the sense that the author stops half-word and intentionally doesn't express his opinion to the end, but in the sense that he

Not in the sense that the author stops halfway through the essay and intentionally does not offer his opinion in full, but that he makes no claim to an exhaustive disclosure or a complete, complete analysis of it.

Specific language:

The essay is characterized by the use of numerous means of artistic

metaphors, allegorical and parable images, symbols, comparisons.

In terms of speech construction, the essay is a dynamic alternation of polemical statements,

questions, the installation of colloquial intonation and vocabulary. 

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