The Simple Life William Zinsser in his essay, “Simplicity,” describes the tendency people have to inflate their own words. A majority of us think that something is missing if a word or sentence is too simple causing us to add unnecessary information only to confuse our readers. Zinsser shows us examples of this in everyday life such as a simple letter, or a brochure by an insurance company, where the corporation uses a statement that overuses vocabulary to express something so simple. Zinsser observes that, “Clear thinking becomes clear writing; one can’t exist without another”,(Zinsser 175) His opinion on the key towards becoming an excellent writer is to take every sentence and to shorten it so that each word has its set function. As a writer, he believes the more clearheaded one is while constructing a piece of work, the better result they will receive. Writing is not as easy as it may seem. It can take several trials of perfecting one’s work and more importantly revisions of one’s thoughts like Zinsser’s writing. The more conscious you become to your writing allows the writer to easily express their words and in society, good writing seems to be what lacks the most. Zinsser believes that a clear mind can positively impact your writing like a clear mind can affect your performance in everyday life. Sometimes, the more homework I have and the more hours I work, seem to build to my stress and negatively affect me in school. My weekly schedule is one that at times is pretty hectic. With school, work and friends, sometimes the juggling of the three seem to reach a boiling point. I currently work at a waitressing job in which the night shifts are usually the ones that benefit me the most. I attend school at Hunter College 4 days a week. Mondays and Thursdays from 8 am to 4 pm, while Tuesdays and Fridays are from 11 am to 1 pm. My work schedule is for the most part from Tuesday, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (mid day to
Write to be Understood
In “Simplicity” from On Writing Well, William Zinsser believes that writing tight and clear is the only way to tackle clutter and complexity in American writing. Most forms of writing are inflated with unnecessary and complex words to look significant.
Zinsser believes that for a message to be conveyed clearly it should be free of unnecessary words. Zinsser depicts clutter with 2 examples. The example of a “blackout Order” issued by the government in 1942 which said “such….
For a very small business that carries a limited amount of inventory or that turns over inventory slowly, a mechanized inventory system is unnecessary. The business owner can easily keep track of how much merchandise is on hand with a manual system, or simply by applying the "eyeball test" to see if it is time to order more. The owner won't need to spend money on inventory software or take the time to learn how to operate it.
Sense of Control
A manual system gives a small business owner….
Beauty in simplicity:
The fabric of society in supposedly civilized societies has become frayed – stretched, strained and subjected to innumerable pressures. Many of these frayings were imposed in the interest of adding value to life by increasing choices for people. This has actually diminished our quality of life and induced a mental paralysis, the result of having too many options, and too many decisions to make.
I believe in the innate power and virtue of simplicity. History’s most tragic errors….
concept of simplicity was a striking key factor. Thoreau clearly states in his first story “Economy”, “Moreover, I, on my side, require of every writer, first or last, a simple and sincere account of his own life…” (1). Simplicity comes from within and to realize the morale at such a young stage in life is a gift that many can cherish forever. Simple is best, how often do we find that as a contradiction, and how ironic that a man such as Thoreau would create irony in the word of simplicity. Within this….
Thoreau’s concept of simplicity
In the modern world, though the living conditions become better and better, lives become more and more sophisticated and materialistic. Lots of people feel they get lost in the modern society. Therefore, an increasing number of people begin to advocate a simplified life style to find the essence of life. This idea of simplicity is not new, it has already been expressed by Thoreau hundreds years ago. Through….
In life, there’s much that seems confusing. We always want simple explanations for everything, but there are some theories that simply don’t possess an “easy way of putting it.” Many of these theories are used in literature; examples include nihilism, existentialism, and monism. However, there’s one theory that’s particularly interesting: solipsism. Solipsism is the belief that nothing exists, or can be proven to exist, except one’s own mind and the creations of it (Glossary). Solipsism is a very….
Throughout history, a person's, or their predecessors', financial well-being determined their social standing. In the Roman Empire, if you were born a slave, you had to crawl your way to the top, and even then, you could never reach the status of a free person. You simply were not worth as much. In India, the Hindu caste system is largely based on your ancestors' income. If your parents were born as untouchables, you could never become anything more, doomed to a life of poverty and cleaning out sewers….
The title character of Siddhartha, in contrast, follows his own path and questions the counsel of elders and even the great Buddha himself. Nevertheless, at the conclusion of the journeys of both Siddhartha and Candide, their stories converge when simplicity is found to be key to both their philosophies of life.
The setting of Candide begins in Westphalia, a land described as an "earthly paradise" (Voltaire 22) and owned by the Baron Thunder-Ten-Tronckh. Candide is "blessed by nature with the most….
The theme of the value of simplicity is present in the first chapter, “Economy” of Henry David Thoreau’s memoir Walden. In this chapter, Thoreau discusses how people desire to acquire opulent possessions because they feel to do so would improve their welfare. To refute this belief, he expresses attempting to obtain luxury would not be beneficial towards one’s betterment, but serve as an impediment. Instead of striving to possess what is sumptuous, Thoreau feels people should be content with having….
Have you ever struggled with writing a paper that has simply just too much information? I know I have, that’s for sure. In the essay “Simplicity”, written by William Zinsser, he discusses the problem with clutter in writing and the ways you can essentially clean up your sentence. I believe that his writing is an example of good writing.
In the essay, the writer talks not only why clutter is such a big problem, but he also informs how we can try and correct this mistake. He states that clutter is….