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Argumentative Essay Example Persuasive essays are hard nuts to crack. Strong arguments and rhetoric intricacies never come easy to beginners. The best way to cope with this type of paper is by learning from experienced writers, so check out an argumentative essay example below.

Argumentative Essay Topics

First, you’ll need to choose a truly debatable question. That means a question which doesn’t have an obvious answer:

Bad topic Good topic
Teenagers hate curfew hours. (Dah?) Curfew hours are an unnecessary torture to teenagers who are ‘owls’ by nature.
Some lectures are boring. Lecture attendance should be optional.
Online education is popular. Online students have more chances to cheat.

Some more good argumentative/persuasive essay topics:

  1. White lies do more good than harm.
  2. Companies can’t force their employees to stop smoking.
  3. Eating junk food is better than not eating at all.
  4. Animal testing of beauty products is not only inhuman, but also expensive.
  5. Horror movies are good for health.

Want even more topics? Check our top 50 argumentative/persuasive essay topics.

2 Major Patterns for Sample Argument Essays

Secondly, you’ll need to dig out strong arguments and combine them through powerful reasoning. There are two main patterns commonly used in the most successful argumentative essay examples:

Pattern 1: Bombing with arguments

Bombing with arguments

  • Imagine your most skeptical reader and what s/he might say;
  • give strong arguments;
  • try to predict and refute the counterarguments.

Pattern 2: Objective investigation

Objective investigation

  • First, try to be objective and show both sides of the issue;
  • evaluate each side;
  • based on the evaluation, choose the side that is best.

Example of an Argumentative Essay

This argumentative essay example uses the 1st pattern:

Animal testing kills hundreds of thousands of innocent animals every year. Almost everyone knows that the suffering of animals used for tests is the hidden cost of modern detergents and beauty products. Animal experimentation is cruel and unnecessary and should be banned.

The assumption that humans and some animals (particularly rabbits, mice and guinea pigs) are sufficiently similar from a biological point of view is almost absurd. There are lots of known examples when the reaction to the same ingredient is totally different in animals and humans. For example, penicillin kills guinea pigs but not humans and aspirin poisons cats but relieves the pain of their owners. Animals can’t be truly used for getting reliable results when it comes to how ingredients might affect humans. Therefore, the suffering and deaths of innocent creatures is, apparently, pointless.

With the rapid development of technology, animal testing has become outdated. Today’s researchers have access to cheaper, quicker and more reliable testing methods. For example, the terrible torture called the Draize eye test (in which a chemical is placed into a rabbit’s eye to see if it will bring an allergic reaction) can be replaced by tests on Reconstructed Human Epidermis. The tissues of human skin are donated from plastic surgeries. This test has shown positive results, and it is obviously more reliable than its animal testing alternative.

Animal testing is a pointless torturing of innocent beings that cannot speak up and defend themselves. All forms of animal experimentation for beauty products should be banned as unnecessary and unreliable.

Bonus Tip: Include Persuasiveness Boosters

The easiest way to boost your sample argumentative essay is to use the following words:

  1. evidently;
  2. obviously;
  3. visibly;
  4. apparently;
  5. definitely;
  6. clearly;
  7. undoubtedly;
  8. unmistakably;
  9. granted;
  10. unquestionably;
  11. assuredly;
  12. admittedly.

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  • Harleena Singh Posted: May 12, 2013 in 1:43 pm

    Hi David,

    This is surely an interesting topic about argumentative essays. Thanks for sharing this with us, and I do see a lot of other wonderful topics on your blog too. 🙂

    • David Tucker Posted: May 27, 2013 in 6:03 am

      Thanks a lot Harleena!

      Check out the 500 topics file, I worked on it really hard:)

  • hamza alrashdan Posted: June 14, 2013 in 9:14 pm

    thanks very very much.
    i enjoyed alot with this useful important information.
    i used it to understand the argumentative essay which is very complicated

    • David Tucker Posted: June 15, 2013 in 10:24 am

      Hello Hamza,
      Great to hear that you liked the article:) Be sure to check back from time to time – we always have academic goodies to share:)

      Have a great day! 🙂

  • BENEDICT S. JUSU Posted: August 1, 2013 in 5:00 am

    Thanks a lot for providing more insight on how to compose an argumentative essay, it was nice visiting this site.

    • David Tucker Posted: August 5, 2013 in 5:35 am

      Hey there Ben (can I call you that?:)),
      Thanks, be sure to follow our blog, as we plan to update the topics and offer even more ideas in the future:)

  • alhaji aihoon Posted: August 1, 2013 in 4:09 pm

    write an argumentative essay which stands on whether students in boarding perform well than those who are day students

    • David Tucker Posted: August 5, 2013 in 5:33 am

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      Have a great week:)

  • Angela McCall Posted: August 3, 2013 in 7:40 pm

    Hi David,

    This is great for rhetoric argument or persuasion. English was one of my favorite subject in college. I’ve checked your 500 topics file quickly. You have quite a few very intriguing, mind boggling topics listed there.

    So far, I have quite a few nonfiction books from Steve Scott, the 6-figure income man. He mentioned on one of his books, when you are brainstorming for a topic to write your book, make sure it is something your audience can relate. Like for instance, “My blog traffic sucks!” And how did I overcome it. Another book that is his best selling, “Affiliate Marketing Without the B.S.” So many people tell you about affiliate marketing and yet they haven’t earn a single cent and yet they tell how to make 6-figures. Anyway…

    I know these are not essays. But it’s the same persuasion you are trying to depict to your audience, that makes them want to pick up that book.

    Thanks for a great inspiration. You’ve done a great job creating your list. I need to come back for more.


    • David Tucker Posted: August 5, 2013 in 5:30 am

      Thanks Angela,
      Glad to hear that you found some of the topics to be interesting:) I totally agree about persuasion in books – there’s just so much clutter most of the time and in certain cases you realize that authors have no idea what they’re talking about. Especially when it comes to marketing literature! There are thousands of authors who pose themselves as marketing gurus, when in reality, they simply restate what other people came up with long time ago.

      Thank you!

  • nahida marfani Posted: August 14, 2013 in 7:46 pm

    hey Devid,

    Thank you so much for wonderful topics as they help me for my academic goodies 🙂 and it always gives me new ideas for writing skills,
    Thanks once again
    take care

    • David Tucker Posted: August 15, 2013 in 7:25 am

      Hello Nahida,
      Thank you very much for your comment:) I’m glad that my stuff is relevant and actually useful:)

      Good luck with your essays and be sure to subscribe to get the latest updates from our blog:)