So first let's examine the prose essay.
- In this essay type, you write about several related topics and how they intersect in a highly internal and personal way. So for example, you might write about your first car, focusing on facts, qualities and use of this vehicle.
- But wound among those facts and features will also be islands of personal experience and connection to what it means to have a first car. You would include both the moments that gave you great personal satisfaction as well as those moments that may have been frightening, the results of less than perfect driving or the imperfect reliability of a used vehicle.
- These islands would draw the reader in to such a point that he or she might forget entirely what the original focus was, but that is the magic of the personal prose essay, for ultimately you must bring the reader back to the original line of examination: the carburetor or those new bucket seat covers. And you must slide her out again into another personal moment.
- In the end, the entire work should create an understanding, a journey of epiphany that the reader has taken with the writer.
The personal prose narrative is more than first person. It is a close writing that pulls the reader into a sort of Siamese twin connection with the speaker. The reader doesn't argue about how she would do things differently. The reader understands every feature of it, the choices the character made, and sympathizes and laughs with her. It is a very private way of writing where plot is less important than the scope of the experience shared.
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