Illustration Essay. Illustration is a rhetorical style that uses examples to support the thesis or main idea of a paragraph or essay. Illustration is most often used at the paragraph level to help illustrate or support a point, but you may also encounter illustration essays of various types in your college courses.
Whereas with the Family Story the purpose was to entertain and perhaps explain, and the audience was mostly unspecified, in the Illustrative Essay your purpose now is to make a point (to convince, persuade, to show) and your audience may be much more specific. Determining your audience and your desired effect upon your audience is one of the.