Personal Essay Qualities

In my opinion, the most important quality of the personal essay is being real with yourself. When you are real you are with your self, you are better able to connect with other people, which is what the personal essay is all about. Phillip Lopate says that “when he was telling about himself, he was talking, to some degree, about all of us.” What he means is that humans are essentially united through their experiences and charactestics. When you are describing a certain situation and telling the reader how you felt, chances are the reader has felt or are feeling the same way. I think this is a great way to think of humanity. It is a great way to connect with people and make everyone realize we are all in the same boat.

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One Response to Personal Essay Qualities

  1. jlavalliere says:

    I agree Marina! It’s always good to be truthful with yourself so that people can trust your writing and connect with you. Realizing that you aren’t the only one who feels a certain way can be comforting sometimes too.

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