🥇 ▷ 10【Short Essay Examples】

This literary genre State the author’s point of view on a topic. These short essay examples show what they are.

What is an essay?

The essay is a text of the didactic genre that exposes a subjective theme based on the author’s perspective. This can be literary, scientific, philosophical, etc. requires a lot investigation and sources that support the author’s hypotheses.

These examples of short essays bring together the most select of famous authors such as Jose Ortega y Gasset, rousseau, nietzscheamong others.

Examples of short essays: the best

Here are some examples of short essays that show the perspectives of classic authors on various topics.

1. Meditations on Don Quixote, José Ortega y Gasset

The monastery of El Escorial stands on a hill. The southern slope of this pass descends under the cover of a wood, which is both oak and ash. The place is called “La Herrería”. The exemplary cardinal mass of the building modifies its character, depending on the season, thanks to this mantle of thickness spread over its plants, which is coppery in winter, golden in autumn and dark green in summer. Spring passes through here fast, instantaneous and excessive, like an erotic image for the steely soul of a biarch ceno.

2. The Art of War, Sun Tzu

Chapter II

About the initiation of actions

Once the battle has started, even if you are winning, if it continues for too long, it will discourage your troops and blunt your sword. If you are besieging a town, you will exhaust your strength. If you keep your army on campaign for a long time, your supplies will run out.

3. Truth and Life, Miguel de Unamuno

One of those who read my correspondence published here, which I entitled My religion, writes to me asking me to clarify or expand that formula that I used there that the truth must be sought in life and life in the truth. I am going to please you by proceeding in parts.

First the truth in life

It has always been my conviction, more deeply rooted and more corroborated in me the more time passes, that the supreme virtue of a man must be sincerity. The ugliest vice is lying, and its derivations and disguises, hypocrisy and exaggeration. I would prefer the cynic to the hypocrite, if the former were not something of the latter…

4. Our America, José Martí

The vain villager believes that the whole world is his village, and as long as he remains mayor, or mortifies the rival who took his girlfriend, or his savings grow in the piggy bank, he already accepts the universal order for good, without knowing about the giants who have seven leagues in their boots and can put their boots on it, nor about the fight of the comets in the sky, which go through the sleeping air swallowing worlds. What remains of the village in America has to wake up.

5. The mediocre man, José Ingenieros

When you set your visionary prow towards a star and stretch your wing towards such elusive excellence, eager for perfection and rebellious to mediocrity, you carry within you the mysterious spring of an Ideal. It is sacred ember, capable of tempering you for great actions.

6. The double flame, Octavio Paz

He love it does not preserve us from the risks and misfortunes of existence. No love, without excluding the most peaceful and happy, escapes the disasters and misadventures of time. Love, any love, is made of time and no lover can avoid the great calamity: the loved one is subject to the insults of age, disease and death.

7. The right to dream, Eduardo Galeano

Who knows what the world will be like after the year 2000. We have only one certainty: if we are still there, by then we will already be people of the last century, and, worse still, we will be people of the past millennium. However, although we cannot guess the world that will be, we can well imagine what we want it to be.

8. The social contract, Jean Jacques Rousseau

Man is born free, and yet everywhere he is in chains. As he believes himself the master of others, when he, in truth, he does not stop being as much a slave as they are. How has this path been verified? I ignore it. What can ‘make it legitimate? I think I can resolve this issue.

9. Genealogy of Morality, Friedrich Nietzsche

These English psychologists – who are to be thanked for the only attempts so far made to arrive at a history of the rise of moral– they pose us with themselves a not small enigma; let me confess: precisely for this reason, as enigmas incarnate, they even have one essential advantage over your books: they themselves are interesting! These English psychologists, what do they really want? One always finds them, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, devoted to the same task, namely, to bring to the forefront the partie honteuse of our inner world and to seek what is properly effective, guiding, decisive for development, precisely in the last thing in which the intellectual pride of man would like to find it (for example, in the vis inertiaede of habit, or in oblivion, or in a blind and casual mechanical connection of ideas, or in something merely passive, automatic, reflexive, molecular, and profoundly stupid).

10. Five moral writings, Umberto Eco

think about war

This article speaks of War, with a capital G, as a “hot” war waged by explicit consensus of nations, in the form it takes in the contemporary world. Since I hand it over to the editorial staff on the days when the Allied troops have just entered Kuwait City, it is likely that – if there are no coups – this article will be read when everyone considers that the Gulf War has achieved a satisfactory result. , because it would be in accordance with the purposes for which this war began.

These sample essays contain excerpts from classic essays that are worth reading.