This piece of expository writing by Bertrand Russell highlighted the climax and the downside of his existence. His passion for love, knowledge and pity shaped him to be who he is. This concept introduced by Russell was very interesting and very true.
Through this, readers can easily understand and relate to the general idea and essence of the author and the essay.The essay is composed of a catchy and a direct to the point introduction. It clearly stated the thesis statement that was further explained in the body of the essay. Additionally, the author used the last sentence of the introduction which gave a hanging thought to lure the readers to continue reading until the end of the essay. In the body, various supporting arguments and information were very evident which helped in bringing different ideas into one cohesive composition. The main topics were chronologically discussed in order to minimize confusion among the readers. Each key idea was discussed in three separate paragraphs.
Also, several figures of speech such as “terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss” and “prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined” were utilized to add some drama into the tone of the essay. (1) More so, the choice of words of the author was simple but poetic. Because of this, the essay was given a personal touch which has the power to invoke the sentiments of the readers making the reading experience more meaningful and memorable. Meanwhile, the conclusion was short but it was able to synthesize all the ideas mentioned by the author.
Altogether from the beginning to the last part, the essay was well-organized, well-structured and well-written. Russell combined all the essential writing elements including a fascinating idea, cohesive outline and coherent reasoning to produce a captivating and a notable writing piece.Bibliography1. Merklee, M.H. What I have lived For [online] n.d.
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