Expansion of Ideas, Proverb-type Essays.

Expansion of a Theme

WHAT IS EXPANSION OF A THEME?

An idea for expansion may be a proverb, a quotation or a slogan. Primarily the given statement must be expanded by way of explanation of its meaning and other substantial supporting matters.


FORMAT OF AN EXPANSION OF THEME


  1. Broadly speaking, the given statement must be expanded into two paragraphs, each of about 40 to 50 words.

  2. The first paragraph must contain explanatory material.

  3. The second paragraph may contain further details of what is stated in the first paragraph or may even contain anecdotes, examples, illustrations, related quotations, etc.


ESSENTIALS OF A GOOD EXPANSION OF THEME


  1. Arrange the ideas according to logical order of importance.

  2. Avoid stereotyped or hackneyed expressions and irrelevant information.

  3. Frame simple and short sentences.

  4. Enhance your piece of expansion by using idiomatic and figurative language where necessary.

  5. Ensure grammatical accuracy, correct spelling and appropriate punctuation.



Expand the following ideas in a paragraph or two:

Model Example - 1

Where there is a will, there is a way.

"Where there is a will, there is a way' is an old proverb in English which teaches us that "determination' is necessary to get a task completed or a job done. To learn or achieve something in life, will-power acts as a catalyst and enhances the speed of action. So, it is good to have determination even to the smallest tasks in life and never give up easily. All of us wish to achieve many things in life. But usually many of us do not succeed in achieving anything. And often, we tend to curse our fate or misfortune. But the fact is that we have only ourselves to blame for our failures. It is not enough that we wish to achieve something. We should have the proper will-power and the proper drive or determination to carry on with our plans in the face of obstacles. Will-power is the key to the greatest of achievements. The more we are determined to win, the more we are on the road to success.


Model Example - 2

Courage and resourcefulness are the keys to overcome problems. 

Courage is the feeling of daring or the absence of fear or anxiety in doing something, while resourcefulness is the tact or ability with which one performs an act or a deed. Both are essential in overcoming problems. When one is beset with a problem - however small or large, it may be - one must possess the courage to face it with determination and a strong will-power. Therefore, one must assess and analyze the problem to work out the solution. With careful planning and resourcefulness, one can take the necessary steps to solve the problem or overcome an obstacle. Just being laid back and lamenting over one's helplessness will not serve to solve the problem. In fact, it may perhaps compound the problem. Hence, the only reasonable approach would be to have courage and use one's resourcefulness in overcoming the problem satisfactorily.


Model Example - 3

Why human beings need to use more and more natural resources.

Natural resources are all the things available in nature - such as air, water, fruits, etc. - that are freely available for our use. We, human beings, benefit immensely from their use. Developed countries consume these resources more than underdeveloped countries. The three major forms of natural resources available are - food, housing and mobility. The world economy consumes about 60 billion tonnes of natural resources every year. Those countries which have access to natural resources, especially fossil fuels, such as oil and gas, can keep progressing fast, while those, which have limited opportunities to use natural resources are doomed to backwardness. The economic and technological development of countries and the difference in their development depends upon the availability of natural resources. Even the early settlements of people were determined by their natural environment and availability of natural resources, such as water and fertile soil, which people used for their regular life and basic needs. In the course of time, the role of natural resources increased even more because they became essential for the economic development of nations and fast technological progress. The role of natural resources as the major driver of economic and technological development became even more evident in the 20th century. Historically, natural resources played the key part in the economic and technological development of countries and today they still play the crucial part in the development of nations because they determine the competitive position of nations in the global economy.


Expand the idea contained in the following themes.

The Pen is mightier than the sword.

A clumsy workman blames his tools

A friend in need is a friend indeed

A little learning is a dangerous thing.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

A stitch in time saves nine

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

Action speaks louder than words

All that glitters is not gold

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

As you sow, so shall you reap

Birds of a feather flock together.

Books cannot be judged by its cover

Books - our best friends

Burning the midnight oil

Charity begins at home.

Cleanliness is next to godliness

Cut your coat according to your cloth

Empty vessels make the most sound

Examination: a necessary evil

Example is Better than Precept.

Practice what you preach

Actions speak louder than words

Experience is the best teacher

Eye donation is the best donation

Failures are stepping stones to success.

Fine feathers make fine birds

God helps those who help themselves

God made the country and man made the town.

Green city ; clean city

Handsome is as handsome does.

Health is wealth

Home sweet home

Honesty is the Best Policy

Humour is the spice of life

Impossible is a word in the dictionary of fools.

India: unity in diversity

Industry is the mother of prosperity

Is having a hobby / leisure time activity helpful?

Is plastic bad for the environment?

Justice delayed is justice denied

Knowledge is power

Live and let live

Looking on the bright side

Manners maketh man

Neither a borrower nor a lender be

Nothing succeeds like success.

One good turn deserves another

Perseverance is the key to success

Pollution is the bane of machine age

Pollution: earth’s enemy number one.

Practice makes perfect

Prevention is better than cure.

Pride goes before a fall

Procrastination is the thief of time.

Rome was not built in a day

Say no to plastic!

Science and modern inventions: a blessing or a curse?

Service to Man is Service to God.

Slow and steady wins the race.

Spare the rod and spoil the child

Speech is silver, silence is golden.

Strike while the iron is hot 

Make hay while the sun shines

Sweet are the uses of adversity

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world

The world has enough for every man's need, but not for every man's greed.

Things of beauty are a joy forever.

To err is human, to forgive divine.

Travel broadens the mind

Trees - nature’s gift to man.

Unity is strength

We are a part of nature, not apart from nature.

We live in deeds not in years.

Where there is a will there's a way

Work is worship


A friend in need is a friend indeed

A little learning is a dangerous thing.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

A stitch in time saves nine

All that glitters is not gold

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

As you sow so shall you reap

Birds of a feather flock together.

Charity begins at home.

Cleanliness is next to godliness

Slow and steady wins race

Example is better than precept

Examination necessary evil

Experience is the best teacher

Procrastination is the thief of time

Impossible is a word in the dictionary of fools.

Cut your coat according to your cloth

God helps those who help themselves

Empty vessels make the most sound.

Health is wealth

Honesty is the best policy.

God made the country and man made the town.

Knowledge is power.

One good turn deserves another

Where there is a will there's a way

Travel broadens the mind.

Green city , clean city

To err is human, to forgive divine.

Examples are better than precepts.

Honesty is the best policy

Knowledge is power

Manners maketh man

Speech is silver but silence is golden.

Strike when the iron is hot 

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

Prevention is better than cure

Pride goes before a fall.

Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

Service to man is service to God.

Perseverance is the key to success

Practice makes perfect


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