How To Write An Essay Using Pee

PEE is an essay-writing technique used in English. This Entry will explain what each letter means and give an example from a Romeo and Juliet essay.

  • Point - Make a point. This can be anything from a short sentence to a few lines.

    Example - We first see Romeo in Act 1 Scene 1. He seems to be over-dramatic, and exaggerates everything he says.
  • Evidence - Quote the text. The quote needs to be related to the point you made.

    Example - Mis-shapen chaos of well-seemed forms,
    Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,
    Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!
    (1.1.178-180)1
  • Explanation - Explain the quote, what it means, how it works, and how it backs up the point you made originally.

    Example - In this quote, to exaggerate his point, Romeo uses a number of oxymorons. This quote also shows that Romeo is a very emotional and immature person as he is acting depressed just because one good-looking girl (Rosaline) turned him down.

The final finished paragraph:

We first see Romeo in Act 1, Scene 1. He seems to be over-dramatic, and exaggerates everything he says:

'Mis-shapen chaos of well-seemed forms,
Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,
Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!' (1.1.178-180)

In this quote, to exaggerate his point, Romeo uses a number of oxymorons. This quote also shows that Romeo is a very emotional and immature person as he is acting depressed just because one good-looking girl (Rosaline) turned him down.

It is also possible to add an R on the end of PEE:

  • Review - Check your work, make sure there are no spelling mistakes, and see if you can improve it in any way. Reviewing your work and correcting your work could be the difference between getting a B or an A.

By following PEE, you have the necessary structure to write a good paragraph in an essay.

Since PEE is an acronym and has several connotations, it is very memorable. Probably the reason why English teachers never shut up about it.


Once you have chosen the topic areas you are going to explore, structuring an essay can be easy! Following a simple guide such as the PEE(A) method I'll explain below can ensure you don't lose unneccessary marks.

Introduction

A good introduction should be a short well-worded paragraph that introduces your text(s) and the specific subject areas you are going to explore. Three subject areas tends to be a good amount to study in one essay. 

Each subsequent paragraph

Point. This opens your paragraph and therefore should be a short and snappy introduction to the subject are you will discuss in the paragraph.

Evidence. Quotes, especially embedded quotes serve well for evidence. However, if you are writing an essay in exam conditions and are unable to recall a quote in its entirity, describing the moment also works.

Explanaiton. This is the section of your essay where you gain the most marks. However, many people fall into the trap of repeating the evidence and continue to describe the evidence. To stop this I like to interchange Explanation with Analysis. The question 'why?' is key in this part of the essay. It is also where you should draw in another text if your essay is comparative.

Conclusion

Many people struggle with conclusions as they seem to just repeat what you've discovered in the main body of the essay. This, however, is the point! In a conclusion, make sure you re-word some of your key findings from each paragraph and link them back into the question.

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