Sedaris then introduces Greg Sakas in the story, a great swimmer that is a year younger than him and the kid that his dad admires so much more than his own son. As the story continues Sedaris’s dad talks more and more about Greg to the point where Sedaris feels invisible. At the end of the story Sedaris finally beat Greg in a swim but his dad didn't care for it then when he got older and became more successful he would tell his all his accomplishment but his dad still didn't have any feelings towards it, so then Sedaris realizes that nothing he does that’s in his dad’s eyes as “faaaaantastic” (Sedaris par. 7) will get his approval. This piece’s main ideal is to not let someone’s approval hold you back from what you have accomplished that's big in your eyes.
In the book, Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, we learn the story of Joe Rantz and his struggle in past and his present life, where he fights for a spot on the Washington Olympic Rowing Team and fights to win the Olympics. Throughout each of the books, Elie Wiesel and Joe Rantz demonstrate resilience through losing the faith of religion, but still surviving and the struggle of losing family. In Night, Elie Wiesel demonstrates resilience by losing his faith in religion, but still surviving through the horrible and treacherous obstacles in the concentration camp. To illustrate, it says on page 69,¨I did not fast...And then, there was no longer any reason for me to fast. I no longer accepted God 's silence.
He competed in the olympics and became famous for breaking several records. When he went off to fight in the war he never imagined his plane would be bombed and he would be forced to live on a small raft floating through the Pacific Ocean for weeks with only two other men and limited resources. On top of that, when he finally reaches land he is thrown into a Japanese prisoner of war
The theme of standing up to bullies is used throughout the entire book on many different characters, Chris Coughlin is one that has learned how to stand up to his bully. Throughout the book, Chris gets bullied by Mike about him wearing his dead brother’s letter jacket, but towards the end of the book, Chris and Mike decide to race for cutter letter jackets. With the encouragement from the other swimmers, Chris manages to beat Mike in the race. Now in modern day, standing up to bullies is a big social problem, one modern example of standing up to bullying was when Keaton Jones, an 11 year old school student was being bullied and he decided not to stay quiet about it. Keaton had recorded a video of himself talking about him being bullied and how it affects victims of bullying, his mother later posted the video online and it just took off.
Introduction: Boy Overboard a book written by Morris Gleitzman is a book about Jamal and Bibi on the quest to try and become Australian football stars but they must conquer lots of challenges by using their family 's ancestry. I think Jamal and Bibi use ancestry more than personal experiences! The bakers from Dad’s side have helped Jamal a lot like when they were on the boat and Rashida gave Jamal flour to cook bread so they didn’t starve. But a few days later pirates came and took the bread and threw it overboard. When Jamal, Bibi, Rashida and Omar were on the smugglers boat and Jamal says to Bibi keep emptying the water from the boat with vegetable tins in the massive storm I think of Dad’s ancestors, countless generations of bakers who got up at 3am even though they needed more sleep who stick at it, dragging sacks of flour, kneading dough, twisting their backs to reach into scalding ovens, loaf
Since Devon is an all-boys boarding school, Finny’s environment is bound to be highly competitive, especially when it comes to sports. Despite the numerous athletes at the school, Finny appears to shine above them all with seemingly no effort at all. One such example is when Finny unofficially breaks the school’s 100 meter freestyle swimming record, much to the amazement of Gene. “The sports Finny played officially—football, hockey, baseball, lacrosse—didn’t have school records. To switch to a new sport suddenly, just for a day, and immediately break a record in it—that was about as neat a trick, as dazzling a reversal as I could, to be perfectly honest, possibly imagine”(Knowles p.45).
The 1936 Olympics were supposed to support Hitler’s belief that German “Aryan” people were the dominant race. The Berlin games were supposed to be a German showcase and a statement for Aryan supremacy. The African Americans of Team U.S.A. faced a lot of challenges including the competition, and Hitler’s view of Aryan Supremacy, also known as Hitler’s ideal domination of white Europeans. Jesse Owens proved Hitler wrong, when he became the first American athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympiad. Adolf Hitler was so stunned and angry that Owens had successfully defeated his German people, that he even walked out of the stadium.
During one of the final scenes when Derice is looking at a turn pictured he asks Irv how will he know if he is good enough and the coach’s response is “When you cross that finish line tomorrow, you will know.” This shows that Irv believed that their team could make it to end and had a chance of winning the Olympics. Also, close up shots of Irv’s face that show contentment and pride for his team. Another reason I admire coach Irv is because of his courageous personality, he stands up for his team in their greatest time of needs. When he receives a letter saying that his team was disqualified Irv stands up for his team in an unexpected way. Firstly he interrupts a meeting to ask the reasons why his team was disqualified and says “It was me who let you down, Kurt!
Louie Zamperini was a rebellious and courageous man throughout the years of his life. He was a olympic runner and came in first for fastest time in high school and later went the olympics to race against other cities. He was in a POW camp for 2 years and was beaten by a mean man named Mutsuhiro Watanabe. And Louie Zamperini was born in Olean New York and later moved to Torrance California. Louie Zamperini shows two characteristic traits of rebellious and courageous throughout the book Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken.
The Olympics are just as competitive as they were in 1936, and maybe even more so. All athletes dream about making it to the Olympics for his or her country, and these men in the book did just that. Also, rowing is still an underrated sport when considering the popularity of sports such as soccer or basketball. Lastly, the book was published in 2013, proving that at least one person was still greatly interested in the events leading up to the 1936 Olympics. Audience: The general audience of this book would be everyone.