A persuasive essay is used to persuade the reader to agree with your point of view.
Characteristics of a Persuasive Essay
- The question being answered is clearly stated in the introduction without giving away your point of view
- Topics guide the reader from one position to another (from disagreeing to agreeing)
- The reader is shown both points of view but is given strong reasons why your point of view is the best
- Uses facts and examples that support your point of view while also creating doubt in the reader's mind about the opposite point of view
- The conclusion clearly answers the question by boldly stating your point of view
Writing in the Real World:
Many writings such as critics, reviews, reaction papers, editorials, proposals, advertisements, and brochures use different ways of persuasion to influence readers.