Since you are conducting a study on a person’s biography, your focus should be on them and their life.
Make sure you not only cover your protagonist’s life but also evaluate it, demonstrating your understanding of the biographical essay format. Keeping in mind these few tricks below will help you achieve better structure and give you more ideas!
When writing essays on biographical studies, you should be using many types of sources.
This requirement means that your paper should reference books, autobiographical evidence, and maybe even paintings and voice recordings. Having supporting information on the history of the period that you are studying is also essential.
Sources of a personal nature, such as a person’s letters, memoirs, and diaries, are valuable, and you should use them in your essay. However, you must also be aware that they may be biased, portraying the person writing them in a much better light.
Do not be afraid to be critical of what you read and, if other trusted authors support your concerns, voice them in your essay. An excellent example of a biography essay is one that does not mindlessly praise their subject.
Covering biographical studies topics requires using sources that may give your subject a negative evaluation. Having titles in your bibliography that oppose the character you are writing about makes your essay well rounded and comprehensive.
Taking the many personalities of the female suffrage movement in the USA as a sample topic, you could use books on both sides of the votes for women argument.
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When it comes to biographies of famous people, there is hardly a single detail of a celebrity’s that goes unnoticed by the crowd, yet there is an obvious and nonetheless strange gap of knowledge concerning the rest of the family members or the celebrity’s closest relatives. It is as if all famous people were manufactured […]
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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill is one of the most prominent British Prime Ministers to have served majorly because of his role in leading the Great Britain through the Second World War. He is a renowned diplomat and politician who served in the British Army during the Boer War in South Africa and the war in […]
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Abraham Maslow was born in 1908, in Brooklyn, New York. His parents were Jews who had immigrated into America from Russia. They wanted their children to achieve the best in the new world hence they pushed Maslow to succeed in school. Consequently, Maslow found solace only in books after developing loneliness as he grew up. […]
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Abstract John Wesley is a renowned historical figure. His contribution to the revival of Christian churches in remarkable. Although part of his life was spent doing charitable and pious activities zealously, his zeal was not based on knowledge. He still had an emptiness that needed to be filled by the true joy which comes after […]
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Executive Summary Karl Henning was a Briton who migrated to the United States in 2000 after being awarded a scholarship. He had a passion for playing soccer and this made him participate in various competitive teams in England during his high school life. Apart from playing, he was talented in teaching kids how to play […]
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Introduction The phrase “a failure is a man who blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience” by Elbert Hubbard lingers in many minds as far as finding its implication is concerned. Just like many other quotes associated with Hubbard, it remains immortal due to its relevance over time, beyond many generations […]
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Juwan Howard, a 6-foot-9-inch, 23-year-old, generous basketball player, had a complete turnaround in his career as a basket-baller in a period of one month. During this time, his worth had increased six fold from $37.5 million to over $200 million. Events leading to this had been initiated by the Bullets signing up the University of […]
Michael Jackson (JM) was born in 1958 and died in 2009. He was an American pop musician. It is estimated that the singer had undergone about ten plastic surgeries by 1990 to conceal his blotched skin due to vitiligo and lupus (Alfred Publishing et al. 16). In 2003, JM and his siblings said that their […]
Appo’s Life In his memoirs, George Appo made startling revelations about his criminal life and NYC’s criminal underworld in the 19th Century. Born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1858, Appo’s early exposure to crime and drug abuse in Manhattan turned him into an accomplished pick pocket and a swindler. Appo’s father, Lee Ah Bow, was […]
Lubna Olayan is one of the most prolific Saudi women of this new age. She was born in August 1955 and of age she has been able to acquire the title “most influential business woman in the middle east of all times”. She acquired this designation whilst working at her father’s company, the Olayan Financial; […]
Introduction President Eisenhower is one of the most remembered historical figures among all the U.S. presidents, because majority of his promises were action oriented, although like any other leader, he had his own flaws. The president was a great advocator of peace, justice, and desegregation; practices the former American presidents failed to provide workable solutions […]
Introduction Domingo Faustino Sarmiento is a key figure in the history of Latin-American literature. Apart from his contribution to literature, Sarmiento is also a key figure in the social and political history of Argentina. In the nineteenth century, Sarmiento took up several political roles in his country and eventually became Argentina’s president in 1865. Some […]
Introduction Shaykh Abd al-Aziz Bin Baz was among the highly ranked scholars of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which was referred to as the Grand Mufti from 1993 to 1999. He also headed the prevention of vice and virtue propagation committee in Saudi Arabia. The committee advocated for the things that are proper, permissible, correct, […]
Introduction James “Big Jim” Walker is a Texan native. He was born in the Western region of Texas in a small city known as Abilene. Indeed, Hylton (2010) says that he belongs to the seventh generation of Texans. As such, many people perceive him as a conservative republican who has experienced most aspects of Texas. […]
Introduction Charles de Gaulle is highly recognized for the role he played in shaping France to become a major player in world, politically and economically, through his ideology and view of Europe. He is largely credited for his contribution during World War II as he led French military against Germany. During this, France was separated […]
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Introduction Fredrick Douglass born some times between 1815 and 1820 in Tuckahoe in Talbot county, Maryland, suffered many years of slavery from his childhood into adulthood in Maryland in South America before his escape to the North in 1938. He was separated from his mother while still one year old and never knew exactly who […]
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