Before we start discussing a persuasive essay (论文), answer one question. Do you like arguing and make people accept your point of view? I think the answer is obvious. Everybody likes it since it is always pleasant to have people around you holding the same view. And this is exactly what you will learn to do while writing persuasive essay.
On the one hand it seems to be natural that all the people have different opinions on different issues. If we would constantly agree with each other on all the questions, I think the progress would be impossible. What is more, we would just have no topics for discussion.
On the other hand people often make mistakes and they can have wrong opinion. That is why it can be important to persuade them that they are mistaken.
The main purpose of persuasive essay is finding the right and necessary arguments to make somebody change his/her point of view. Actually it is not so easy to do. You should have enough evidences, be clear and specific. What is more, you have to make sure that you are not mistaken yourself.
It is essential to choose the right topic for your persuasive essay. A topic itself should contain a kind of disagreement, a kind of “wrong” that requires something “right”.
There are several questions that you should ask yourself before writing your work.
- What is so important about my topic and my opinion?
- What do I want to achieve?
- What are the benefits that one can get from adopting my viewpoint?
- How my opinion can help to solve a certain problem?
- What are the obstacles that I can come across and how can I overcome them?
So, I think that a persuasive essay is all about the benefits for a student. You will get indispensable skills that will help you to persuade people.