Cause and Effect Essay Topics

Explore how and why things happen for your next assignment

What Is an Expository Essay?
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Cause and effect essays explore how and why things happen. You could compare two events that seem distinct and separate to show a connection, or you could show the flow of events that occurred within one major event.

In other words, you could explore rising tension in the US that concluded with the Boston Tea Party, or you could start with the Boston Tea Party as a political eruption and compare this event to a major event that followed much later, like the American Civil War.

Solid Essay Content

As with all essay writing, the text must start with an introduction to the subject, followed by the main thrust of the narrative, and finally finishing with a conclusion.

For example, The Second World War was the result of building tensions throughout Europe. These tensions had effectively been building since the end of World War I but were increased dramatically when the Nazi party came to power in 1933, led by Adolf Hitler.

The thrust of the essay could include the changing fortunes of the main armies, Germany and Japan on one side, and Russia, England and later America on the other.

Crafting a Conclusion 

Finally, the essay could be summarized -- or concluded -- with a look at the world after the signing of the unconditional surrender by the German army on May 8th, 1945. In addition, the essay could consider the lasting peace throughout Europe since the end of WWII, the division of Germany (East and West) and the establishment of the United Nations in October 1945.

The choice of subject for an essay under the category "cause and effect" is important as some subjects (such as the example here of WWII) can be extensive and would be more suitable to an essay that requires a large word count. Alternatively, a topic such as "Effects of Telling Lies" (from the following list) could be relatively short.

Interesting Cause and Effect Essay Topics

If you're looking for inspiration for your topic, you may find ideas from the following list.

  • The impact when a parent loses a job
  • The Revolutionary War and slavery
  • Food poisoning causes
  • Repercussions of cheating in school
  • The effects of exercising
  • How bullying affects victims
  • How severe acne affects teens
  • Effects of telling lies
  • The impact of technology on family time
  • The impact of technology on religion
  • The effects of smoking
  • Why friendships end
  • The effects of divorce
  • The effects of traveling abroad
  • What would happen if aliens landed in your town
  • What causes kids to try drugs for the first time
  • Why ships sink
  • The effects of poison ivy
  • Why weddings look the way they do
  • How Christmas trees became a part of American culture
  • Effects of eating too much junk food
  • The impact of winning the lottery
  • The effects of going without sleep
  • What causes natural disasters
  • The effects of strip mining
  • The effects of the moon missions
  • Effects of the Black Death in the Middle Ages
  • Early trade patterns
  • The effects of over-fishing
  • How procrastination affects grades
  • The events that led to the fall of Rome
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Fleming, Grace. "Cause and Effect Essay Topics." ThoughtCo, Mar. 17, 2018, Fleming, Grace. (2018, March 17). Cause and Effect Essay Topics. Retrieved from Fleming, Grace. "Cause and Effect Essay Topics." ThoughtCo. (accessed March 22, 2018).