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Example of an Autobiographical Essay

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The author of this piece of writing provides a vivid account of her experience on election day to show readers how to craft a good autobiographical essay. The reading relates to how she felt when visiting another city and closes by tying in information about her aspirations and dreams.

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(This is just a suggestion, but your first draft should be formatted in past tense to give your reader a little background about your situation and past achievements).

That day, I was a polling place administrator. Despite witnessing the historical vote of hundreds of people who passed in and out of our precinct doors, a cloud of uncertainty still loomed. "Would he REALLY win?" Nevertheless, we anticipated the results of the election and listened in as a faint voice loomed in and out on the television broadcast. I had a ticket for the Grant Park event, but would never be able to make it to the gates before they closed. So I opted to watch the evening unfold from my mentor's condo, where I knew I would be able to have a much better view. The drive from my work station ...

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According to thefreedictionary.com, expository means "a setting forth of meaning or intent." The writing provided in this excerpt classifies as both expository and autobiographical because it not only discusses the intention of the author, but also provides a biography of the person who wrote the piece. Essays that are formatted this way can serve a number of purposes for authors and audiences. They can serve as a personal statement for admission to an academic program or solely as a standard essay for an English assignment. But, no matter what your intent is, you'll be sure to win people over and get your point across by following the given format.

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I need help with my essay about Margaret Atwood.

In our Autobiographical Narrative unit, we talked about original topic presentation. This essay definitely fits the bill.

For example, instead of saying "Women's bodies have long been exploited in advertising," she says, It sells cars, beer, shaving lotion, cigarettes, hard liquor; it sells diet plans and diamonds, and desire in tiny crystal bottles. Is this the face that launched a thousand products? You bet it is, but don't get any funny big ideas, honey, that smile is a dime a dozen.

Why do you think Atwood chose to define the female body in this manner?

Question 2. What rhetorical strategies (Description, Example, Classification, Division etc.) does Atwood use to develop her definition of the female body? Which are most effective?

Question 3. How does Atwood organize her essay? In other words, can you identify a concrete organizational plan?

Question 4. Give one references in the story?

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