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Any ideas on the narrative essay topic "The Silver Lining"?Any ideas on the narrative...

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jaseleeynn | Honors

Posted June 5, 2012 at 4:07 AM via web

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Any ideas on the narrative essay topic "The Silver Lining"?

Any ideas on the narrative essay topic "The Silver Lining"?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 2, 2012 at 2:46 PM (Answer #2)

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The concept of "The Silver Lining" refers to the idea that "every cloud has a silver lining." What this means is that even when things are bad, one can find some good to either come out of it or the existence of something good within "the cloud."

That being said, writing a narrative about silver linings would attest to a time in one's life where it seemed like everything was going wrong. Eventually, the person learned something from the trial they faced or something good actually came out of the trial.

Therefore, in order to write a narrative (a chronological telling of events in one's life), one needs to reflect upon their lives and times where they faced challenges. The following suggest possible ideas for writing a narrative on the topic of "The Silver Lining."

1. Parents divorcing: It may seem like a bad thing, but life after the divorce allowed both parents to be happier.

2. Failing at something: When one fails, they learn. This failure shows the "challenger" how not to fail again.

3. Wrong place, wrong time: Sometimes people find themselves in the middle of something they had no intent on being in the middle of. This allows the person to reflect upon the choices that led them to be where they were, and it allows them to change those behaviors in the future.

4. Fights with friends: Perhaps one time a fight broke out between friends. Reflecting back on the fight, one can determine if the friendship was real or not.

Essentially, one needs to examine a time in their life where they faced "dark times." Next, what came from this dark time needs to be examined. What was learned? Did the person become stronger? What could be looked at as positive? (The answers to these questions will provide the "silver lining."

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted June 5, 2012 at 4:14 AM (Answer #3)

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The silver lining refers to the way a silver aura appears behind a black cloud that crosses the sun (looks more like liquid white gold to me). It refers to the optimist's mindset of believing that life and the world will come right even when people or events are beset with troubles. To do justice to this emblem, you need a narrative about an optimistic individual or group in black circumstances or embroiled in black events who nonetheless believe that life and the world will right themselves. Perhaps immigrants who suffer extreme hardships to come to America; a family ravaged by the suffering of chronic disease; a country in the midst of strife, like the Civil War. In each of these, people looked for the silver lining showing that the sun was still shinning behind the black cloud covering their lives or the land and continued to believe that all would be right. And for many, things did come right again.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM (Answer #5)

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Your draft seems fairly strong. There are some spelling issues ("positive"/"situation") but the structure of your paragraph looks good. 

I would recommend breaking up the paragraph. Your second paragraph could begin with the sentence: Until she met a girl named Khadija. 

However, this sentence should be revised. Right now it's a fragment. Once you fix it up, this sentence could make a nice opening for a second paragraph.

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jaseleeynn | Honors

Posted June 6, 2012 at 4:50 AM (Answer #6)

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Your draft seems fairly strong. There are some spelling issues ("positive"/"situation") but the structure of your paragraph looks good. 

I would recommend breaking up the paragraph. Your second paragraph could begin with the sentence: Until she met a girl named Khadija. 

However, this sentence should be revised. Right now it's a fragment. Once you fix it up, this sentence could make a nice opening for a second paragraph.

hello! thank you for your suggestions! This is just the summary of what i am going to write about. the actual essay is too long to be posted here. thank you so much for the response!

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted June 6, 2012 at 9:02 PM (Answer #7)

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The silver lining refers to the way a silver aura appears behind a black cloud that crosses the sun (looks more like liquid white gold to me). It refers to the optimist's mindset of believing that life and the world will come right even when people or events are beset with troubles. To do justice to this emblem, you need a narrative about an optimistic individual or group in black circumstances or embroiled in black events who nonetheless believe that life and the world will right themselves. Perhaps immigrants who suffer extreme hardships to come to America; a family ravaged by the suffering of chronic disease; a country in the midst of strife, like the Civil War. In each of these, people looked for the silver lining showing that the sun was still shinning behind the black cloud covering their lives or the land and continued to believe that all would be right. And for many, things did come right again.

Hello! Thank you so much for the unique idea. i have come up with this concept.

  The setting is a war area. Lucy is on a mission to find signs of optimism. She sees nothing but bleakness until she learns a lesson from the cloud's silver lining.

How do all of you think of this? Please give suggestions to make it better! Thank you so much! Oh and if there are still new ideas, I dont mind considering them! Thank you!

I'm so pleased to know I inspired this lovely concept! It is beautiful! (It moved me to teary eyes!) You will do just grand with this!

To safeguard your beautiful and original narrative idea from the ravages of the Internet, I'm going to remove it, though, and leave only a summary of your summary.

I do hope you understand my decision. As one of the Editors who monitor the Discussion Boards and Q&A answers, I am bound to protect your interests.

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jaseleeynn | Honors

Posted June 7, 2012 at 5:56 AM (Answer #8)

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The silver lining refers to the way a silver aura appears behind a black cloud that crosses the sun (looks more like liquid white gold to me). It refers to the optimist's mindset of believing that life and the world will come right even when people or events are beset with troubles. To do justice to this emblem, you need a narrative about an optimistic individual or group in black circumstances or embroiled in black events who nonetheless believe that life and the world will right themselves. Perhaps immigrants who suffer extreme hardships to come to America; a family ravaged by the suffering of chronic disease; a country in the midst of strife, like the Civil War. In each of these, people looked for the silver lining showing that the sun was still shinning behind the black cloud covering their lives or the land and continued to believe that all would be right. And for many, things did come right again.

Hello! Thank you so much for the unique idea. i have come up with this concept.

  The setting is a war area. Lucy is on a mission to find signs of optimism. She sees nothing but bleakness until she learns a lesson from the cloud's silver lining.

How do all of you think of this? Please give suggestions to make it better! Thank you so much! Oh and if there are still new ideas, I dont mind considering them! Thank you!

I'm so pleased to know I inspired this lovely concept! It is beautiful! (It moved me to teary eyes!) You will do just grand with this!

To safeguard your beautiful and original narrative idea from the ravages of the Internet, I'm going to remove it, though, and leave only a summary of your summary.

I do hope you understand my decision. As one of the Editors who monitor the Discussion Boards and Q&A answers, I am bound to protect your interests.

Thank you very much. I really appreciate it! im glad i joined enotes!

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