How could one write an essay on the following idea: a joy shared is made double?
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The idea of a joy being shared is doubled comes from a Swedish proverb. The entire proverb reads "shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half sorrow." Given the versatility of the proverb, one could write many different essays on the subject.
Definition essay- One could write a definition essay on the proverb. First, it would be up to the writer to define the abstract concept of joy in a connotative way. While the denotative definition is essentially universal, a connotative meaning can differ for each individual.
Compare and Contrast- One could construct a comparison and contrast essay to define the proverb. The concepts of both joy and sorrow could be described and defined.
Narrative essay- One could write a narrative essay describing a time in his or her life which illustrates the concept of the proverb.
Cause and Effect- One could show how the proverb works by writing a cause and effect essay. In this essay, one could explain multiple situations where joy brought about joy, or they could use a causal chain (a sequence where one event brings about another).
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