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    Smile Please Recommend Classic Argumentive Essay

    Hello! I am reading about how to write an argumentive essay. It just outlines the method. I'd like to read a few good examples and have a more clear impression.

    Could someone recommend one or two essays for me to study by myself?

    • classic or well-known or excellent piece(s)
    • argumentive
    • short or not too long
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    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Please Recommend Classic Argumentive Essay

    I'm a huge fan of Christopher Hitchens. Here's a list of his articles and essays available online. He's always controversial, argumentative and entertaining, even if you don't agree with what he says.

    On the Iraq War.

    On Zimbabwe.

    On religion.

    On an interview given by the Archbishop on Canterbury.

    On Burma and China.

    I think he also has a back-and-forth written debate with Noam Chomsky on the Iraq war, so I'll see if I can dig it out for you, because they are two of the greatest living writers and intellectuals, and it might be interesting to look at a few articles that directly reference each other.

    I also hear that George Orwell has written some of the most influential essays in history, so I'll see if I can pick some of those out for you too.

    ETA: Here's a list of links to George Orwell's articles and essays. I haven't read them (yet), but I've heard good things about Notes On Nationalism, and In Defence of P.G. Wodehouse.

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    Re: Please Recommend Classic Argumentive Essay

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hello! I am reading about how to write an argumentive essay. It just outlines the method. I'd like to read a few good examples and have a more clear impression.

    Could someone recommend one or two essays for me to study by myself?

    • classic or well-known or excellent piece(s)
    • argumentive
    • short or not too long
    • online available

    Thanks in advance!

    An Argument against Abolishing Christianity: by Jonathon Swift.

    An argument to prove that the abolishing of Christianity in England may, as things now stand, be attended with some inconveniences, and perhaps not produce those many good effects proposed thereby.

    Written in the year 1708.

    An Argument against Abolishing Christianity, by Jonathan Swift

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    Smile Re: Please Recommend Classic Argumentive Essay

    Hi guys,

    Thank you for your help.


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    Re: Please Recommend Classic Argumentive Essay

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hello! I am reading about how to write an argumentive essay. It just outlines the method. I'd like to read a few good examples and have a more clear impression.

    Could someone recommend one or two essays for me to study by myself?

    • classic or well-known or excellent piece(s)
    • argumentive
    • short or not too long
    • online available

    Thanks in advance!
    Charles Lamb's Essays of Elia offers several choices: Charles Lamb - Essays Of Elia Contents Page

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    Re: Please Recommend Classic Argumentive Essay

    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for your help.

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