Example and Illustration
The essays below provide multiple examples to make (illustrate) their points. You can learn to write a good example/illustration essay from these websites:
- Excelsior College Online Writing Lab (OWL): Illustration Essay
- Lumen: Writing for Success: Illustration
All writers in this collection speak for themselves—and themselves alone.
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Lena Dunham, creator and star of the HBO series Girls, chronicles the dogs that she has pursued as pets.
Author Laurel Braitman explains that zoo veterinarians often treat problem animal behavior with the same drugs used in human mental health care.
Freelance author James Sollisch explains the nature of critical thinking by giving examples of people who shifted old paradigms.
See what the rest of the world feeds its children. Hint: it's not Pop-Tarts.
Writer Stacey Ritzen explains how one person took back power from online bullies.
Students often do not know what it means to be professional with their professors. In this essay, sociologist Lisa Wade gives examples of improper classroom behaviors and then explains why they are inappropriate.
Jacob Gershman, who covers law for the Wall Street Journal, explains how a single adverb can change a court's interpretation of the law.
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Lauren Slater of National Geographic details the problems that exotic pets have caused their owners.
The staff of the AV Club list twenty-one examples of filmed entertainment (from the early twentieth century to the present) in which animals accidentally or intentionally came to harm.
In the process of giving up her child for adoption, Leigh Anne Tani reflects on her own adoption into a family.