Discuss the ideas developed by the text creator (Tennessee Williams) about how feelings of regret can undermine an individual’s sense of contentment.
Here's basically what I've got so far. This is my intro paragraph and as you can see I'm seriously having a hard time with my ideas and even getting words onto paper with this essay.
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To live a contented life, one must be able to look at their past with no regret and their future with no fear. In this case, Inner peace and _______ are essential aspects of life that an individual would require to live a contented life. Often when we look back to our past, many of us will find that ________ there are many thing that we regret – or perhaps could have done differently. This event will be a more prominent memory than perhaps a happy memory and we will often catch ourselves thinking about it and wishing that we could have done something different for the circumstance to have turned out differently. This will always stay in the back of our minds and taint our present and prevent us from moving on. Hence one ends up living more in the past rather than the present which in turn affect one’s peace of mind and often times sanity. So, in order to desperately achieve this inner peace and to rid one’s mind of the regrets, a person might choose the wrong path to follow, which will cause more harm than benefit them/ fixing up. Often Feelings of regret will lead one to live in the past rather than the present, hence not have a peace of mind and choose the wrong path in order to achieve this inner peace. We see this precise idea developed in Tennessee William’s “A streetcar Named Desire.”
One needs to find contentment with their present, in order to find fulfilment in your future. Satisfaction is achieved through the not being there/ voidness of regret.
This is most definitely not my final essay into. It definitely needs more fixing up, but I'm stuck so I really need help.
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@milind588 Sorry what?
umm...you're essay gets a bit monotonous. The ideas are good, how about adding a few figurative expressions, some questions, spice it up a little.
By the way, the _________'s are the holes that I need to fill. And theres a ton of words and phrases up there that are completely made up and not my final thing. Its just how I write sometimes and then think of words later to fix those up. So sorry if it doesnt make sense,
I'm not really sure what to add. Thats the problem. Usually my essays might be void of good ideas but they'll sound great because I can write, just not insightfully lol. But this one is just crap. I'm really not sure what to do with it.
how about serenity for the first blank?
Thats a good one, thanks.
@jagatuba @redwood_girl I feel really bad asking you guys for help again and again, but do you think you could help me out here. You guys really helped stimulate ideas for me last time, so I just need help with that again.
Okay, you've got a kind of a warmup paragraph, to get you thinking about the ideas. What is it you see in the text about regret? In what ways does regret undermine the sense of contentment in each of the characters?
Try focusing on the characters now. Write about the ways in which regret functions in the play. Write your way towards understanding those ideas better. Look at the play. Find some examples. Write about those. Try to categorize the examples you see. Look for relationships. Keep writing.
When you run out of steam, go back and look over what you have written. As for the intro paragraph, although you will write an intro -- as you have done here -- to get yourself started, that intro may well be a throwaway. Once you've written a first draft and really worked with the material, that's when you tend to arrive at what you need to say in the intro. Although you will present the intro to your reader first, you yourself generally will arrive at it, if not last, certainly well into the process.
So focus on the text now and on the meat of what will be your essay. The intro will come. Even the thesis statement will be refined as you work with the material.
Okay, that's what I was thinking but I wasnt sure if it was the right way to go about it because I was always told to start with the intro, but the intro has got me stumped. Okay so I will go work onto the body paragraphs and come back once I have some more, if I need more help. Is that okay?
Absolutely! I'll try to check again later today. There may be others around as well.
Well, everyone ends up developing their own process. You do need some sort of statement of purpose or direction to get yourself started. Otherwise, you might go off in all sorts of wild tangents. But how do you arrive at that preliminary intro? By reading and thinking and writing. And then as you continue to work with the material, you will be shaping and reshaping your thoughts -- as expressed in sentences and grouped together into paragraphs -- and in that process, it is almost inevitable that you will at some point reshape or refine the intro.
This is what I have observed over time. Writing is rewriting. When you get stuck, shift to another part of the paper. Or go take a walk. Exercise rejuvenates the brain. So does laughter. When you are at your wit's end, exhausted and drained, and you just cannot think anymore, go watch a comedy. Relaxing and laughing for a half an hour, an hour, whatever you can spare, can send you back to the computer wonderfully ready to focus and think.