By Persuasive, we mean tending
or having the power to persuade a persuasive argument.
Through persuasive essays, you have to persuade
the reader into convincing that your point of
view is correct by adopting logical reasoning
to show that one idea is more legitimate than
the other idea. Basically all essays are persuasive
essays. Sometimes you are assigned a controversial
topic such as different law acts, political related
issues, and nuclear issues for your persuasive
essays, but an essay on the meaning of an article
or poetry is also a persuasive essay. The only
difference being that through persuasive essays
your attempt or task is to persuade a reader to
take some kind of action or adopt a certain point
When planning a persuasive essay, follow these
- Choose your position.
Which side of the issue or problem are you
going to write about, and what solution will
you offer? Know the purpose of your essay.
- Analyze your audience.
Decide if your audience agrees with you, is
neutral, or disagrees with your position.
- Research your topic.
A persuasive essay must provide specific
and convincing evidence. Often it is necessary
to go beyond your own knowledge and experience.
You might need to go to the library or interview
people who are experts on your topic.
- Structure your essay.
Figure out what evidence you will include
and in what order you will present the evidence.
Remember to consider your purpose, your audience,
and you topic.
The following criteria are essential to produce
an effective argument:
- Be well informed
about your topic. To add to your
knowledge of a topic, read thoroughly about
it, using legitimate sources. Take notes.
- Test your thesis.
Your thesis, i.e., argument, must have two sides.
It must be debatable. If you can write down
a thesis statement directly opposing your own,
you will ensure that your own argument is debatable.
- Disprove the opposing
argument. Understand the opposite
viewpoint of your position and then counter
it by providing contrasting evidence or by finding
mistakes and inconsistencies in the logic of
the opposing argument.
- Support your position
with evidence. Remember that your
evidence must appeal to reason. The following
are different ways to support your argument:
Facts - A powerful means of convincing, facts
can come from your reading, observation, or
Note: Do not confuse facts with truths.
A "truth" is an idea believed by many
people, but it cannot be proven.
Statistics - These can provide excellent
support. Be sure your statistics come from responsible
sources. Always cite your sources.
Quotes - Direct quotes from leading experts
that support your position are invaluable.
Examples - Examples enhance your meaning
and make your ideas concrete. They are the proof.