I Want an Essay
Coming from a student, the words “I want an essay,” sound strange, especially to myself. Public education has always led the student populace to believe that essays are assignments, and nothing more. Essays are tasks to be given out by teachers and cause us misery. Even this essay I’m writing is something I’ve been required. All my life, I’ve dreaded writing essays. I must say, though, this one has me excited.
The word essay is derived from the French verb essayer, which means to try. This form of writing can be traced back to Greece and Rome, though modern essays originated from Michel de Montaigne, who is known as the father of essays and from whom the title essay is derived from (Diyanni). Michel de Montaigne wrote a series of books known as Les Essais, which contain 107 chapters of essays varying in length and topic to a great degree. The common factor between all of the essays is that he tries to explain himself, others, and the world around him. That is what an essay truly is, and attempt to explain yourself or what is around you.
That is what I would like to make this essay about, explaining why I explain. I’ve given you a brief dose of the extensive history of essays, but that has no bearing on why I want to write an essay about why I write essays. Honestly, I didn’t know why until just recently.
I’ve mentioned that I have only written essays for school. I have avoided anything I believed to be related to essays because I found them tainted with deadlines and rubrics. I associated them with school, and work in extensions, (Which I’ve always abhorred, if I am to be honest). When I learned about how vague the definition of an essay truly is, I had an epiphany: Essays are exactly what I’ve needed all along.
I’ve always had a problem with what people will call a language; I see people take English words and change each letter into an Elfish or Dwarfish character and call it a language. It’s not. Every time I see it, it bugs me beyond all reason. Solution: Write an essay about it. It truly is that simple. I feel strongly about something, I write an essay. That’s the whole reason I’m sitting here with 400 hundred words in my rough draft où j’essai pourquoi j’essai.