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Elements of Non-Fiction. English 521. PURPOSE:. What an essay attempts to accomplish When identifying purpose, be sure to state “what” the essay actually narrates, expresses, etc. THESIS:. the central thought or impression the essay gives or sometimes implies about the subject.

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Purpose
PURPOSE:

  • What an essay attempts to accomplish

  • When identifying purpose, be sure to state “what” the essay actually narrates, expresses, etc.


Thesis
THESIS:

  • the central thought or impression the essay gives or sometimes implies about the subject.


Subject matter
SUBJECT MATTER:

  • the thoughts, ideas, and feelings contained in an essay.


Audience
AUDIENCE:

  • the audience to which an essay appeals or is directed.


Vehicle
VEHICLE:

  • FORM of writing the author has chosen to convey his or her message ie. letter, article, review, editorial, etc.


Context
CONTEXT:

  • the circumstances ( personal, historical, or social) of the author which influenced the content and form of the essay.

  • Where the author is coming from, history of the author and his/her experience.


Structure
STRUCTURE:

  • method of arrangement of ideas and details in the essay.


Style diction rhetorical devices and sentence type
Style: Diction, Rhetorical Devices, and Sentence Type

  • DICTION:choice of words in the essay (ie. slang, abstract, concrete, formal, etc.)

  • RHETORICAL DEVICES: Figures of speech (ie. Metaphors, Similes, Personification, Hyperbole, Rhetorical Questions)

  • SENTENCE TYPE: ie.short, long, loose, simple, complex, etc.


TONE:

  • overall feeling or attitude expressed by the author toward the subject matter.


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