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How could one write an essay on the following idea: a joy shared is made double?

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Posted July 12, 2013 at 7:42 AM via web

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How could one write an essay on the following idea: a joy shared is made double?

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

Posted July 12, 2013 at 7:15 PM (Answer #1)

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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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