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Examples Of A Descriptive Paragraph

Writing a Descriptive Paragraph

It is the function of descriptive essay to provide detailed descriptions and observations of the subject matter that are being considered. The details are required to be comprehensive, so much so that it will create a vivid representation of the person, place or thing in the mind of the reader. While a narrative essay unfolds the meaning and purpose of writing through a special story, the aim of a good descriptive essay is to furnish the write-up with picturesque descriptions by means of powerful language and sensory details.

If a descriptive essay fails to evoke in the mind of the reader what the writer has in his, then the reader will drift away from it with a feeling of dissatisfaction. The essay would collapse due to its inability to make the reader feel that he/she has met a particular person, been to a certain place or came across a specific object. However, the purpose of the essay is not served until or unless the reader's emotions are tied to the subject. The essay must make the reader understand why the existence of the subject should be acknowledged.

To achieve the aforementioned effects, one needs to maintain the following steps-

1. Before one sets off to write a descriptive paragraph, it is important that the writer spends a considerable amount of time pinpointing what particular person or thing he wants to write about.

After the topic has been chosen, the writer should think about the particular aspects of the subject he wants to focus on and what perspective they should employ to introduce it to the reader. The writer might convey the significance of the subject by employing details of the memories or emotions it arouses in the mind of the writer. And of course, the writer should proceed sequentially.

2. While writing the paragraph, the writer should have in mind that the primary purpose is to give the reader a first-hand experience of the subject. The writer should not just give away what he wants the reader to know through factual means. It is suggested that the writer employs senses to describe the particular aspects of the subject so that the reader can not only be aware of the details by reading but also by perceiving it using their senses. To provide an instance, the writing is bound to be more interesting if the reader learns about the pie by smelling it or by hearing the clattering of dishes from the kitchen.

Here are examples of a descriptive paragraph-

"On one corner of my dresser sits a smiling toy clown on a tiny unicycle--a gift I received last Christmas from a close friend. The clown's short yellow hair, made of yarn, covers its ears but is parted above the eyes. The blue eyes are outlined in black with thin, dark lashes flowing from the brows. It has cherry-red cheeks, nose, and lips, and its broad grin disappears into the wide, white ruffle around its neck. The clown wears a fluffy, two-tone nylon costume… "- A Friendly Clown


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