What is the syle of Bacon's esssays in The Essays?I also need Russell's essay style as well.

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Francis Bacon's style in writing The Essays (1597) was efficient and economical of expression and simultaneously ornamental. His sentences achieve a carefully constructed balance and possess a an equally carefully constructed cadence born of vocabulary choices and phrasing choices. Bacon doesn't sermonize in his essays but rather addresses issues in a manner so that his essays are among the "worthy ends and expectations" he contributes to the world. While based on the experiences of his life, he incorporates his life's wisdom--for one of his aims was to share his life's wisdom--in general topics without particular incidents.

Bacon's essays cover three categories of topic: large universal concepts (life, death, love, friendship, fortune, etc.); controversial issues (atheism, religion, education, money lending practices, etc); matters of intrigue (envy, suspicion, praise, ambition, vicissitude, etc.). Within his writing on these subjects he often uses allusions of various sorts, Latin phrases and a well turned phrase to express a well turned thought. The final result is skillfully crafted comments on life, manner, nature and nature's mysteries that is different from the elaborate writing style prevalent in Bacon's era. The tone Bacon uses is one of civility as his essays are not an attempt to give facts nor to persuade.

[For more information on Bacon's style in The Essays, see the links below from which my Answer is drawn.]