Fear is an abstract word that is an ideal candidate for an extended definition essay. A definition essay can explore the history of the word and describe how it smells, tastes, sounds, looks or feels. Another approach may be to identify parts of fear, indicate how it is used, explain what it is not, provide an example and note similarities or differences between fear and other emotions.
In the introduction, include the traditional or dictionary definition of fear to provide a basis for a personal definition as an attention-getter. One such opening is a contradictory image to the argument the thesis and body of the essay use to illustrate the definition. For the thesis, state a broad personal definition of fear.
In the body, use multiple methods of definition. Narrate a personal experience with fear, including sensory details surrounding the experience. Differentiate between fear and anxiety to provide depth to the essay. Use concrete details of moments to connect the reader to the concept. Discuss different types of fear, such as fear inspired by a scary movie versus the fear felt during a national emergency. A good conclusion might include the emotions experienced once fear is absent and the appreciation for peace and safety that experiencing fear inspires.