3 Parts of an Essay

There are three parts of an essay:

  1. The Introduction
  2. The Body
  3. The Conclusion

The Introduction

It should be brief, interesting and should strike the keynote of the subject. The first sentence placed at the beginning of the first paragraph should indicate what is to follow. It should, in fact, express clearly what is the essential theme of the subject.

Sometimes a short quotation, a proverb, a very brief story or a general remark about the subject may serve the purpose. But it is not safe, to begin with, a definition.

The Body

This is the main part of the essay. It should contain the necessary facts, ideas, illustrations and reflections of the writer on the given subject. Here one should adhere closely to the outline.

The paragraphs should be well constructed and in their proper sequence. One should not jump from point to point without showing the connection of one with the other.

The Conclusion

The ending, like the beginning, should be brief and striking. It should be natural and not abrupt. If that is impossible, the essay should be completed by summarising the main points raised in the body of the essay. The last sentence, above all, should not only be striking but also pleasing to the mind and the ear.