The Rebellion of an Essay, by Teodora Fratila
Dear Reader, get yourself ready, for you are being faced with the most nonconformist essay there has been.? And yet, you might ask: What could be so outstanding, so revolutionary? After all, an essay cannot be more than an essay. ?Well, not this one. It won?t even let me write it as an opinion essay; it firmly insists on making its own voice heard.
My essay has made a purpose out of voicing its ideas and rising above anonymity. A purpose so important that it was all he wished for. Before proceeding with any activity, even before getting dressed in the morning, every time he thought: ?I need to come up with something original. Will this make me stand out? Maybe if I painted some of my words red?? He never asked himself what idea he was expressing if he painted his words red, what it signified and what it changed in the world. There was only a constant pressure on him, stemming from its natural desire to express itself, along with the fear that this ephemeral existence causes: the fear of passing like a drop in the ocean, not leaving at least an impression behind.
Then, my essay got to the point where it had done it all: it had been a hippie, a classic, a Goth, a Buddhist in the middle of the city, an artist, a dull bookworm, an ecologist, a nationalist ? until the answer to the question ?What am I?? visibly became too variable. And its nonconformism – too relative. As he would always be – not a drop – but a river that ends up in the ocean of a group of nonconformists. It was quite long until it realized what his way actually was.
My essay then said: ?Stop? and locked itself in an empty room. He thought and thought, until his face ?well, paper actually- eventually lit up with joy. It decided that it could never become ?a tree without a forest ?? firstly, because it needed other ?trees? to share its thoughts with (even essays are sociable beings!) and secondly, because it simply was, by nature, an essay. Thus, it could never be completely different from any other of its kind. It consequently decided that it would not try that anymore, but instead started focusing on the present.
This is how my essay finally overcame his terrible fear of anonymity. It no longer wanted to shock, or to be different just for the sake of it.
My essay is me. My essay is every teenager, striving to be noticed and searching for their purpose; every person in quest of their real self.
Acest eseu este castigatorul premiului III in cadrul?2012 Shakespeare School Essay Competition, grupa de varsta 15-19 ani.?Premiul a constat?intr-yn voucher de reducere in valoare de 200 de lire pentru o scoala de vara de limba engleza in Anglia,?curs intensiv de vara de 2 saptamani gratuit la Shakespeare School,?voucher taxa de examen Cambridge sau IELTS oferite de British Council, carti si rucsac de la Fischer International si carti de la Carturesti.?O felicitam pe Teodora pentru eseul ei care s-a evidentiat din alte mii de eseuri trimise la concursul national de creatie in limba engleza organizat de Shakespeare School si ii uram mult succes in continuare!