Characteristics of Cause and Effect Essays

In: Cause/effect essay

Causal Analysis Focuses on Causes, Effects, or Both

You must it distinguish the causes from the effects.

  1. Causes are the reasons that something happened
  2. Effects are the results of the thing that happened

There may be multiple causes and effects

1. Multiple causes can have one effect

2. Multiple effects can have one cause

3. Multiple causes can have multiple effects

4. One event can produce a chain of consequences

Causal analysis has a clear purpose

  1. A cause and effect essay may be expressive, but more often it is informative, persuasive, or both.
  2. Some cause and effect essays have more than one purpose.

Causal Analysis Includes a Clear Thesis Statement

  1. That identifies the topic
  2. Makes an assertion about that topic
  3. Suggests whether the essay will focus on causes, effects, or both.
  4. Usually research of the topic is needed to locate evidence that will support the thesis.

Causal Analysis Follows a Logical Organization

  1. Chronological order
  2. Most-to-least or least-to-most order

Causal analysis explains each cause or effect fully in a detailed and understandable way with: 

  1. Examples
  2. Facts
  3. Descriptions
  4. Comparisons
  5. Statistics
  6. Anecdotes

Causal analysis may recognize or dispel readers' assumptions (this reassures readers that other viewpoints have been recognized)