Well then your teacher is an ungrateful bítch.
Teachers have lengths for essays because it's an easy check to ensure you've gone into enough detail and research or analysis. Not every length requirement will be a correct judge for every paper but in my experience if you're just skating the bare minimum you havent put enough in. 10-20 page papers are surprisingly easy to get into if you're doing thorough research
Note: this is my collegiate experience. May be different at lower education levels
@TheWhiteWolf, and at higher levels. The ability to be concise and encapsulate an issue fully is highly valued at upper levels. I personally hate reading 50 page articles that barely explain the topic, and would dare say that publications favor articles that can deal with a smaller page count
@FPVeteranWolf, I would agree that a 50 page paper is excessive for most cases. I can think of some places where that would be justified but definitely not in Journal publications
@FPVeteranWolf, that kind of mess is partially why legal documents practically need people whose job is to understand them. I swear, it feels like lawyers are conspiring to make sure we need lawyers by writing those things
@FPVeteranWolf, one of the hardest things I've ever written was the abstract for my thesis (studying neural stem cells' response to various toxins at sublethal levels). The thesis itself took four months to write and was 100 pages long, but I'd been doing the research for that for 20+ months so it was just a matter of putting all those ideas into a coherent shape.
I had to take all of those ideas and, in the abstract, condense them to 150 words. It took me an entire day, starting at 8am and ending at about 10pm, before I'd managed it. (My first try, just vomiting all the broad-strokes ideas on a page, was 623 words; I will admit that, in that moment, I cried a little at how much needed to be cut)
Concise writing is so damn difficult and undervalued.
@FPVeteranWolf, My problem is that I have nothing to say about topics I don't care about. Looming deadlines also tend to exacerbate my crippling anxiety.
@TheWhiteWolf, if I can concisely explain the issue/topic in one page, why should I need to expand it to 5 with useless filler?
I can tell he isn't an English teacher.
If your teacher is using the word "ain't" then they probably don't care.