Persausive essays are pointless

Essay by sonimackHigh School, 12th gradeA+, January 2004

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The definition of "persuade" in Webster's New College Dictionary is: To induce one to believe or do something; to argue into an opinion or procedure; to plead with, urge. I have believed that one who allows his opinion be changed by another is someone who lacks a strong will. I understand that people have the talent of convincing others, but personally I would not change my mind about a subject unless I was unsure about it in the beginning.

While writing this essay I have become aware of one personal trait, which I do not really care about much. I have no intention of letting other people know about the few things that I do care about. I found it pointless to try to write a persuasive essay about a subject for which I do not care about. The only thing I could think to try to convince people to do was to refuse to write a persuasive essay ever again.

I faced a kind of moral paradox with this, though. If I wrote a persuasive essay telling people not to write persuasive essays, what kind of example would I be? I was convinced that I was not going to do this paper, but in a showing of my own lack of will, I was bribed into writing this essay. I realize that teachers would probably be angry about this somewhat counter productive essay, but nevertheless students should refuse to write persuasive essays unless their own will convinces them to do so.

Most persuasive essays written by adolescents are fluff in the eyes of authority anyway. Sure, you could write a persuasive essay about plenty of subjects. For example, "Kids should be allowed to skateboard anywhere they want." It's a perfectly fine essay for someone who really...