Nobody should like losing. Competition teaches that losing is not okay. They also teach that one can grow and learn from losses and that losing is a part of life. They should teach that one should strive to win, and thus they should want to win more than lose in life. In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Arnold the main character is being interviewed by a sports reporter before the big game against Arnold's old school on the Spokane Indian reservation, Arnold is asked if he has anything to prove in this game, and he responds, "I have to prove that I am stronger than everybody else.
Accomplishing goals are achievements that only those who take time and give effort can do. Those who plan and expect more out of life but do not have the will to work hard for their dreams never truly succeed. Truman Capote’s documentary novel, In Cold Blood, illustrates the lives of people who are from different social, moral, and economical positions and describes the actions they take on their quest for a better existence. Mr. Clutter, Dick Hickock and Perry Smith are all men who always desire the best for themselves. However, the means they take to attain that are for some the correct, honest way and for others an utter disaster.
“He also is willing to stand up against the odds-he knows he’s ‘licked’ before he even begins” (Text 2). Atticus knows he will not be able to win this case even if Tom Robinson is innocent. Unfortunately the town and the jury are corrupt and will not give Tom a fair trial. Almost anyone can see that Atticus Finch defends Tom Robinson to show compassion through the “Golden Rule” and set an example for his children. Atticus is an idealist and knows what is right and what is wrong.
Both the book and the film share themes of overcoming discrimination. Jackie Robinson’s case was different than Liesel’s, because he was fighting against all odds in sports to become famous. Whereas Liesel wasn’t famous but was fighting for her, her family, and Max; she had to be careful with what she did and keep secrets. On the contrary, Jackie and Liesel both had to fight through countless accounts of discrimination and they both had to be careful not to get in trouble and be smart about their decisions. Fighting discrimination and creating an equal society takes great wisdom and strength.
For a society to work you need it to maintain authority in the correct manner with equalness and respect for one another. Children often get ahead of themselves and each child wanting to be “top dog” can lead to problems. That is why you need to have strong rules that are fair. In this book, William Golding shows the boys trying to make hard decisions which led them to failure but in current times we can take those mistakes and put them into our adult political world and learn from what the boys did. The more aware we are of these flaws such as not following the laws, resentment, disrespect and selfishness the more we can prevent such
For the entirety of his life, Telemachus longed to acquire his father’s acceptance and desired that his mother be at a healthy state of mind. As problematic as his negative emotions were leading him, he also had the suitors antics to sort out. Ridding his life of any opposing entities, such as the suitors and overcoming his fear of not speaking his voice, Telemachus became the grown courageous man his fate set him apart to become. Through not living the typical childhood any other child would have, Telemachus in his unique way, became a tragic hero’s sidekick. Consequently, by living his life according to his destiny, Telemachus became a wiser, informed, and honorable
The short story is about an Indian named Junior Polatkin and his school career from 1st grade to graduation. He had a hard time being at school and each grade, he tells us something he has learned. Junior went to school on an Indian reservation from 1st grade to 7th grade. The government tried to keep the Indians on the reservations and wants to make them more like Americans. When Junior was in first grade the government tried to make him less like an Indian and this can be seen when he said, “My hair was too short and my U.S. Government glasses were horn rimmed, ugly, and all that” (Alexie 170).
In Black Boy, Richard Wright leads a difficult life, yet he is able to persevere through it. Richard has an independent personality that protects him from getting betrayed, but his stubbornness causes him trouble to adapt to a better life. His superior intelligence gives him an advantage over others and makes him think about the future more than others, but they mistreat him for it. Because of his high intelligence, he shares a different moral of equality that makes him stand alone against the whites. The unique personality and beliefs of Richard Wright, like his stubbornness to change, lead to a life of isolation that caused his actions to deviate towards conflict pushing others away.
Atticus wants his children to understand that it doesn’t take courage to pull a trigger. Only cowards relay on the tactic of using the fear of strength to win a fight, but it takes courage to stand on already failing ground and hold one’s head up in diginty. It takes alot of courage for one to dicate work towards a goal that has such a slim chance of success, and yet work til the end of it to say one at least tried. Atticus hopes by explaining this to his children that they see how Atticus’s trial is a losing battle he is fighting, not only to win the trial, but to try a make small steps to better future. Courage is not something easily won with guns or money.
Overcoming a challenge, not giving up, and not being afraid of change are a few themes demonstrated in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Perhaps the most prominent theme derived from the novel is defying the odds, or in other words rising above the expectations of others. Junior Spirit exemplifies this theme throughout the entirety of the book. As Junior is an Indian, he almost expects that he will never leave the reservation, become an alcoholic, and live in poverty like the other Indians on the reservation—only if he sits around and does not endeavor to change his fate. When Junior shares the backstory of his parents, he says that his mother and father came from “poor people who came from poor people who came from poor people, all the way back to the very first poor people” (11).