I want help with an A level essay for the following assignment: Subject: "Pride and everything that goes along with it: Do they really bring happiness?" I need to write an introduction, four body paragraphs, and a conclusion. I am supposed to give both reasons why pride and its connected emotions like arrogance bring happiness and reasons why it does not. I need help with the introduction and some examples.

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You might want to start your essay by using a quotation from the King James Version of the Bible: 

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)

This quotation is a warning against the dangers of excessive pride and emphasizes the importance of humility...

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You might want to start your essay by using a quotation from the King James Version of the Bible: 

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)

This quotation is a warning against the dangers of excessive pride and emphasizes the importance of humility in the traditions of the Abrahamic religions. Your introductory paragraph should then mention that while excessive pride is condemned in many cultural traditions, many traditions also accept that some degree of pride can act as a positive motivation. Your final sentence in your introduction should point your reader forward to what you will cover in your body paragraphs.

For your body paragraphs, you might look at heroic epic for positive examples of pride. Achilles, for example, has a proud disposition, leading him to be a powerful warrior, but the clash between Agamemnon and Achilles, due to excessive pride, almost causes them to lose the war against Troy. Beowulf also is a hero who is motivated by pride in both himself and his family, something that spurs him to do great deeds; in the scene in which he fights Grendel's mother, pride helps him push through pain to triumph.

Excessive pride and ambition lead to the downfall of many characters. Satan in Paradise Lost and Macbeth are both characters whose excessive pride and ambition proves their undoing. 

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