The essay genre. Four major types of essays.

The essay genre is much freer than the other genres.

 It allows you to use your own experiences and thoughts in a completely different way than, for example, the article. An essay, however, is not about you as a person, but you can use your own experiences and thoughts to present a topic in a new and exciting way. But how do you do it?

The essay often requires the reader to have knowledge beyond the everyday life of the subject that the essayist addresses. The essayist also expects the reader to have to make an effort to join the essayist’s journey of thought and experimentation. One can say that the reader is going on a trip where thoughts and ideas the essayist has on a topic, are discussed and discussed.

The starting point for an essay is that you have seen, read or experienced something unusual. You may also like to have seen something very unusual and will look over it in a way. The point is to bring out thoughts and ideas you may not know where they are going. An essay usually begins with a thought essayist has got. The idea is developed into several lines of thought that can be seasoned with small stories, digressions and observations. In this way, the essayist takes us on several side roads, but we always end up on the main road again! In other words; It becomes like a walk where you air your mind about an episode. It does not have to be written chronologically, but it is wise to include your own experiences along the way.

An essay can either be personal (linked to own uplifts) or factual (related to a case). The essayist should not be obscure, but be open to different views.

Similar to the article: What is similar to an essay and an article is that the essay addresses serious / factual themes and highlights it from several sides. The essay – like the article – is debating, fact-based and not least knowledge-oriented.

Equality with the cage: light-skinned style, entertaining, humorous touches, oral touch, personal, subjective angulation, irony and digressions, wonder – not conclusive.

A subjective genre

When you write in your own box, it goes without saying that the genre is subjective. The essay, as mentioned, has a strong personal touch example: I-form, you us etc. The essayist uses subjective perceptions, thoughts, opinions and experiences in his search for answers. In addition, the essay is also expressive: The writer’s feelings and attitudes are quite clear even when the irony is used.
An oral conversation
An essay can be shaped as an oral conversation with a view to reading. Examples of oral phrases:
• Do you remember then?
Have you ever thought about it?
• Do you know what happens when …
• I have often asked myself …
• Several times I wondered …
• I must admit it …
• Once happened …
• When I was a kid, I always thought …
There is no goal in the essay genre to come up with a conclusive conclusion. The closure should be open, but it should take into account several views. Feel free to use wordings like “It may be …” or “It can testify.” The conclusion must contain some form of doubt or ambiguity, as the final conclusion to the reader is completed.


The main purpose is for the essay to entertain its reader, but also to make the person reflect on a matter. Only one main theme, illuminated from different angles. The essay should give the impression that the author has wisdom. A philosophical journey of thought with digressions.