Argumentative Essays

Here are some argumentative essays completed in English 225:

1. The Gaming Advantage
An essay written in letter format, to the parents of america who are concerned that video games are having a negative effect on their children. My goal for this essay was to give parents a better idea of how video games actually affect their children:

  1. They are bottom-line oriented (because games have embedded systems of measurement and assessment);
  2. They understand the power of diversity (because success requires teamwork among those with a rich mix of talents and abilities);
  3. They thrive on change (because nothing is consistent in a game);
  4. They see learning as fun (because the fun of the game lies in learning how to overcome obstacles); and
  5. They “marinate” on the edge (because to succeed, they must absorb radical alternatives and imbibe innovative strategies for completing tasks)

2. The Uniformed United States of America
“Instead of constantly trying to keep up with clothing styles, our changing body types, and displaying originality, we should instead all be required to wear uniforms – eliminating all creativity and self-expression from our wardrobes.”
An essay arguing that a world wide uniform should be mandatory. I don’t agree with everything I said, but I thought I’d try an argument that I wanted to discover more about. What would it actually be like?

3. Celebrity Beef
This essay was meant to pluck a piece of writing apart, and figure out why the argument is not successful. While I agree with Lady Gaga’s opinions, her delivery of her speech “Prime Rib of America” was not effective. In this essay, I show you what is not working, and my reasoning behind it.

4. Beauty Is The Beast
Many people don’t realize that the term ‘plastic surgery’ is divided into two very different types of surgery: reconstructive and cosmetic. According to the definition adopted by the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1989, “Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient’s appearance and self-esteem.” The AMA defines reconstructive surgery as surgery “performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.” This is an argumentative essay arguing against cosmetic surgery.

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