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Essay about "Hope" - what to write?

Jun 19, 2009   #1
Can somebody help me the essay with the title of "hope"?
I really have trouble with it...

Jun 19, 2009   #2
What is the purpose of the essay? Is it for a scholarship application or for a class? Were you given a prompt?

Do you see hope as a good thing that propels people forward? Or as a bad thing that drive them to spend money that they don't have to obtain lottery tickets for a prize they will never win? What, exactly, is the purpose of hope? What is the opposite of hope? Are there scientific studies on hope? What is hope's place in theology? Is hope without action a moot point? Is having hope akin to a child's belief in Santa Claus? What do you think about Hope as a name for a baby girl? What rhymes with hope? Can you anagram it?

I am sorry. I am being silly now. It is very late here and I should have been in bed hours ago. On a serious note, the two words you have given us . . . hope and essay . . . really aren't enough. Please let us know more about the purpose of your writing.
Jun 19, 2009   #3
Whatever your purpose, start by defining what you mean by hope. Hope as a Christian virtue, for instance, is different from hope as a standard emotion. Even in a non-religious sense, the word has half-a-dozen closely related but still different meanings. If you don't decide what you understand by the word before you start writing, any essay you write is likely to run into trouble.
Jun 19, 2009   #4
Actually it is an essay given by my teacher.
But I don't know how to write because my english is terrible and I will have an very important examination on November.

I thought of start with an example of hope first, such as the athlete of the Olympic in the country. Then the benefic of hope.

And then the disadventage of hope, some doing nothing but only having the hope,
some even involve in the commit crime because of hope.
Afterwards follow up with the defination of hope in scientific and conclusion.

I think I might miss up many points and having the poor essay frame that shown above. So I hope that somebody can show me a good example of essay regarding the title of "hope" to improve my writing skill. Thanks a lot.
Jun 19, 2009   #5
First, let me commend you for taking the time to sketch out your ideas first. Too often, students just begin to write, thereby dooming themselves to an incoherent and disorganized product even before they begin.

Let's turn your sketch into a full-fledged outline. I'll fill in some pieces from your sketch. You can fill in the rest from your own ideas or from suggestions offered by other forum members.

I. Introduction
A. Example of hope in action
B. Definition of hope
C. Thesis -- Hope is beneficial but can be dangerous
II. One way that hope is beneficial
A. Explanation
B. Example(s)
III. One way that hope is beneficial or dangerous
A. Explanation
B. Example(s)
IV. One way that hope is dangerous
A. Explanation
B. Example(s)
V. Conclusion
A. Restatement of thesis
B. Closing thought or image

The overall tenor of your essay will hinge on paragraph III -- will you choose to offer an additional way that hope is beneficial or an additional way that hope is dangerous? That depends on whether you feel that hope is more beneficial or more dangerous. Choose a closing thought or image consistent with that assessment.
Jun 19, 2009   #6
Ideally you will also look at various aspects of hope and make important distinctions between them. For instance, false hope is, despite the name, still a genuine type of hope. It is the object of hope, not hope itself, that is false in such cases. However, one may pass up genuine opportunities to improve one's life while waiting for the hoped for event. So, you might argue that hope is beneficial when it is directed towards something that might actually happen, but dangerous when it is not.

To look at one of the examples from your outline, you say "some people may do nothing but hope," (I'm paraphrasing for grammatical reasons). You might elaborate on that by examining what aspects of hope might lead people to adopt this approach, and asking when such an approach might be reasonable, and when it might be foolish. In other words, don't just assert that "hope can be dangerous if it is all one does," and then give examples proving this (although these should definitely be part of your essay). Instead, try to think about various ways in which the statement is and is not true, with a view to exploring the meaning of "hope." This will give you a more interesting essay.
Jun 19, 2009   #7
Ideally you will also look at various aspects of hope and make important distinctions between them.

I guess I need to know more about the assignment before weighing in on whether a more philosophical essay that makes such distinctions is warranted. If this is simply an essay in which the student is to demonstrate mastery of English and the essay format, it might be a bad idea to muddy the water with too many distinctions. If, on the other hand, this is a paper for a course on philosophy or critical thinking, then it would be important and indeed necessary to closely question the very nature of hope.
Jun 20, 2009   #8
True enough. Since the topic given was "hope" though, I stand by my assertion that an essay that looks at facets of hope would be better than one merely looked at applications of hope given a certain definition of the term. I agree, though, that knowing the exact instructions for the essay would help in coming up with useful feedback on the approach the student should take.

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