Essay Types: From Personal to Public
A medium to tell a story, and a written record of individual and national histories since the 16th century, essays have served as a means of connection: a way to persuade others to a certain perspective. The word “essay” arises from the French essai, meaning an endeavor or a trial, which speaks into the flexibility associated with the form in both delivery and outcomes. The essay itself is a thought experiment which can employ a number of lengths, styles, and genres, including political, personal, humorous, and historical approaches. Further, a well-written essay may evoke an assortment of emotions or reactions. These works, often short yet profoundly poignant, have the charged capacity to make readers laugh, cry, think, or change their opinions or actions.