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The personal essay is an expression of the authors feelings thoughts and experiences By writing a personal essay and sharing the personal experience the author is trying to entertain and involve the readers A variety of stylistic techniques may be used by the author in a personal essay such as narration description persuasion and so on The voice of a personal essay is very individualistic Generally there are three essential elements in a personal essay which are honesty vulnerability and a drive towards self-disclosure Those three elements play important roles and make a good personal essay Sometimes it is difficult to face the truth it is even worse to write it down so being honest is very important in writing a personal essay From psychological perspective most of the humans have the fear of placing private truths before an audience and even have the trouble to interpret their memories However it is very necessary for a personal essayist to overcome the fear and be honest to the readers First of all honesty brings an accurate perspective of view The purpose of a personal essay is to telling the authors own experience therefore the author can not make a story up by saying it is hisher own experience Phillip Lopate in his introduction to The Art of the Personal Essay offers the idea that if the essayist can delve further underneath until we feel the topic has been handled as honestly then at least one essential condition of a successful personal essay has been metxxv According to Lopate being honest and keeping the accurate perspective of view makes a good and successful personal essay Moreover the authors honesty gives the readers an impression of sincerity which makes the reader have desire and patience to continue reading the essay By reading George Orwells personal essay Shooting an Elephant which is such a long story that I did not want to read at first I
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