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Writing an Essay About a Good Friend

So you have to write an essay about a good friend. That's actually good news, because it's a pretty easy essay to write (unless you don't have any friends, of course.) So what's the best way to go about it?

  • First, start by making an outline of what you're going to write. Like all essays it should have an introduction, a thesis (a central idea,) a body where the thesis is discussed and finally a conclusion. Under the body, note the points about your friend you want to discuss.
  • Make the introduction interesting, to grab the reader's attention. Introduce your friend with a bold statement that also introduces your thesis - that the person you are talking about is, in fact, a good friend.
  • Next, expand the thesis a bit. You could argue that while people have many friends they might have only a few good ones. Say that you're going to explain why the friend you're writing about is a good one.
  • The body paragraph is where you present your argument. Talk about each of the points you decided on, and use each one to explain why this person isn't just a casual friend that you'd have a coffee with if you met them in town but a good friend who you'd ask to help you plan your wedding - or, if you're not the romantic type, hide a body. It's important to order these points properly. Start with the ones that are most supportive of your thesis, and move on to ones that give progressively weaker support. Doing this will convince the reader right away, by giving them the strongest evidence, and everything that follows adds extra support. If you start with weaker arguments, though, they'll be unsure about your thesis and will tend to resist your later points. People's minds have a lot of inertia, and once they've come to a conclusion it can be hard to shift them.
  • Use anecdotes to good effect. It can be tricky to explain someone's personality because a personality is hard to quantify, but it becomes a lot easier if you have a good story that illustrates your point. What tells your reader more - your estimate about how your friend is funnier than 93.8% of people of their age and ethnic group, or a witty tale about how he made you laugh so hard your breakfast came out your nose?

Finally, the conclusion. Make yours punchy. Briefly restate a couple of your strongest arguments, explain why they prove your thesis and end with a bold statement - "John is the only person I know who's visionary enough to appreciate my sense of humor. Who could deny that this makes him a good friend?"