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Descriptive Essay: A Reflection Of A Personal Writing

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The main aim of a descriptive essay is to create a ‘portrait’ of something. The descriptive essay may delineate a person, a thing, a place, some memory, emotion, or experience. “Unlike a narrative essay, which reveals meaning through a personal story, the purpose of a descriptive essay is to reveal the meaning of a subject through detailed, sensory observation” (Time4Writing). With the help of meticulous examination and images, it endeavours to recreate a profoundly vivacious experience for the reader. The descriptive essay has a familiar structure: introduction, main body, and conclusion. The introduction sets the tone of the work; it typically should grab the readers’ attention and put forward the essay thesis, that is, justify the necessity…show more content…
These things will later help your readers to gain a complete picture and build up an emotional connection with your object. Another way to achieve this aim is to evoke all five senses in your description. Imagine your object and paint in words what it feels like to touch it, to see it, to taste it, to smell it, to hear it. This lets you show, not just tell, what your experience with the object was like. Next, write an outline of your work. The most dominant details, distinguishing the object, can become the items of your plan and, consequently, your topic sentences. You might begin either with more general descriptions and then proceed with specific details or start with the most significant quality / trait. Sensory details will serve as ‘arguments’ and concluding sentences in each paragraph could either restate the topic sentence or serve as links to other paragraphs. As for conclusion, stress once more the significance of your work. To create a lasting impression, find some quote or an intriguing question to leave the reader with. A descriptive essay usually has five paragraphs, but, depending on your purpose, the main body may consist of more than three…show more content…
Sort out through your notes, organize them logically; get rid of minor insignificant details. Once more: focus on showing your object to the reader, not telling. For example, your task is to describe your neighbour. You can, for instance, write, ‘She lived alone in a house and was good at cooking. She liked the old order of things.’ H. E. Bates in the story Halibut Jones portrays, “Miss Parkinson lived alone in a big bay-windowed house of Edwardian brick with a vast garden of decaying fruit trees and untidy hedges of gigantic size. She was great at making elderberry wine and bottling fruit and preserves and lemon curd and drying flowers for winter. She felt, like Halibut, that things were not as they used to be. The synthetic curse of modern times lay thick on everything. There was everywhere a sad drift from Nature.” Or, consider this description of our planet, created by L. T. Gibbons , in her book ‘Project Ark’: “Beyond the haze, the globe was decorated with a mosaic of sapphire, emerald and amber. The planet glittered like a jewel in the moonlight.” Exploit different stylistic devices, for example, similes, hyperboles, and metaphors. They help to enliven the language. Having read your essay, the readers should feel that they know the person described, or have visited that place, relived that experience, tasted those sweets. “Write so the reader will see the sunset, hear the song, smell the flowers, taste the pie, or feel the touch of a hand”
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