Recall the essays you had to create in senior high school?

Topic sentence, introductory paragraph, supporting paragraphs, conclusion. The final outcome being, say, that Ahab in Moby Dick was a figure that is christ-like.

The absolute most obvious difference between real essays while the things one has to write in school is that real essays are not exclusively about English literature. Certainly schools should teach students how to write. But because of a number of historical accidents the teaching of writing has gotten mixed alongside the scholarly study of literature. And so from coast to coast students are writing not on how a baseball team with a budget that is small compete with the Yankees, or the role of color in style, or what constitutes a great dessert, but about symbolism in Dickens.

Using the result that writing is made to seem boring and pointless. Who cares about symbolism in Dickens? Leer más →