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    Essay Content & Structure


    I am new to this forum and would like to say hello.

    I hope that everyone has a great day!

    Now for the help that I need.

    My essay topic is: "You don't know what you've got until it's gone.".

    I have many ideas and need help structuring it. I believe that the above statement is true. I need help organizing my ideas so that I prove that it is true. Which ideas will most strongly support the statement?

    Below are my concepts so far:

    "You don't know what you've got until it's gone", is a platitude.

    My computer crashed last year.

    My mother became legally blind when I was 13.

    If we don't know what we've got until it's gone, then we don't know what we've been missing until we have it, therefore do we really know what we wanted? Can the last two statements be reversed to to prove the first statement?

    The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, until you discover that it needs to be mowed (or is overgrown with weeds).

    Karl Marx searched for a Utopian society

    "The grass is always greener..."Candide, Voltaire, and Wilde wrote about this topic

    Sacrifices made throughout history,e.g., rationing during "The War".

    Gratitude and appreciation

    Do you have any other ideas that could prove the statement? It's a short essay; I'd guesstimate the equivalence of both sides of a blue book page.
    Last edited by Ellexx; 05-06-2008 at 01:21 PM.

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    Cat Person DickZ's Avatar
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    Welcome, Ellexx. You have a great topic and a good start in laying out your thoughts. I look forward to seeing what you come up with - and it's always better if you put out an initial draft yourself. You can ask for suggestions after you have something for readers to look over.

    It's not quite as hard as you think to come up with an initial draft, but we all remember being in your shoes and thinking it would be difficult. Give it a shot.

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    Haribol Acharya blazeofglory's Avatar
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    Welcome here

    “Those who seek to satisfy the mind of man by hampering it with ceremonies and music and affecting charity and devotion have lost their original nature””

    “If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation.

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