Forgiving someone is one of the best things you could do. However, for you to forgive someone, you must accept what has happened and be ready to move on. Forgiving someone gives them an opportunity to redeem themselves, and allows them to move on as well. By accepting the past, you might find reasoning within the mistakes of the others, and give you as better understanding of how you should act. Forgiveness is a large part of The First Stone, and within the story is a valuable lesson: By forgiving someone, you are allow both yourself and the other person to move on and grow, as well as allowing you to look back in an unbiased way. By giving someone a second chance, you have bestowed upon them an opportunity to make up for their past mistakes, …show more content…
Throughout The First Stone, many characters’ personalities and general attitudes toward things change due to the experiences. The most drastic change in personality goes to Reef. Reef went from delinquent to a productive member of society, all because of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. This allowed Reef to experience the life of rehab, and realize the error of his ways. The North Hill home allowed Reef to share his stories and learn from his mistakes. All of this is because he had been given a forgiving sentence, giving him a second chance. Frank Colville was once a criminal, one who “...had a rap sheet as long as his arm.” (Aker 119) But despite all this, he still managed to kick his drug habit and become a productive citizen who spends his time helping teens in need. This goes to show that even the most disorderly of criminals can still do great things if given a second chance. Even though Scar was a good student, her father, a dealer, makes her deal for him. In the end, Scar leaves Halifax to go to Toronto to pursue post-secondary education. Leaving Halifax also means leaving her father as well as the stuff she had done in the past. The opportunity to move out of Halifax gave Scar a chance to become a beneficial member of society and to secure her future. As shown by these examples from The First Stone, no matter what someone may have done, there is a way for them to make up for it. By making up for it, they are benefiting both themselves as well as
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As the old saying goes, “forgive and forget”. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. However, digging deep down and finding a way to let go of the ill feelings that are created by someone’s wrong doings, or what is perceived as such, can be liberating. Harboring such anger and animosity can be nearly crippling. Freeing those negative feelings allows one to experience peace and joy that cannot be achieved with such upset in not only the head, but also the
“I learned a long time ago that some people would rather die than forgive. It’s a strange truth, but forgiveness is a painful and difficult process. It’s not something that happens overnight. It’s an evolution of the heart.” (Kidd)
Harvey Mackay once said “Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.” If you are given an opportunity or a second chance you should take it and not worry about what the future will hold even if it changes your life, you should let it happen as Wes Moore and Dimmesdale did.
People can change and learn from their mistake. Learning from mistakes can influence people for the better. Reef learns his lessons in the “The First Stone” by Don Aker. Reef is in the North Hills group home for a year because of the Judge’s sentence. While at the group home, Reef begins to learn the importance of respect, the need for self-reflection and how important are true friendships.
In the novel Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, main character Billie Jo faces several challenging obstacles throughout her lifetime. Getting through these obstacles is the only way Billie Jo can learn to forgive her father as well as herself for their mistakes. Once she learns to stop feeling resentful, and let go, Billie Jo will be able to grow up. The first major challenge Billie Jo faces is when a fire breaks out in her home. The fire ignites when Billie Jo’s mother mistakes a pail of kerosene for water, where,“instead of making coffee, Ma [makes] a rope of fire”(87).
Lupe Medrano a shy girl who was bad at sports, wanted to be the marble champ. Lupe is the main character in the story “The Marble Champ” by Gary Soto and she is a great role model and that can be hard because not everyone is a role model. She is a role model because she is hardworking, a good sport, and she is very intelligent. The first and one of the best reasons that Lupe is a role model is because she is a hard worker. For example Lupe was determined to win the marble tournament.
The novel takes place in present day Beechwood island which is owned by Harris Sinclair. His family visits Beechwood every summer, and they have their own luxurious houses- Windemere, Cuddledown, Red Gate, and Clairmont. Harris’s daughters take advantage of his wealth, and they also fight over who gets the biggest house. In addition, the big island is isolated which enables the family to be cutoff with one another.
Have you ever faced a conflict in your life but felt you were changing as you solved this conflict? Theodore Taylor wrote the novel The Cay in which the main character Phillip develops positive character traits through the conflicts he faces. Phillip is a boy who is in the midst of World War II and becomes deserted on a lonely cay with a resourceful black man. In The Cay, Phillip’s character reveals that through many conflicts he develops maturity, bravery, and independence. Phillip demonstrated maturity after learning from his mother that not all people are equal as evidenced in the novel when he accepted Timothy for who he was no matter his race.
The Laramie Project THEA100_02 A great number of the characters in The Laramie Project have their lives become deeply impacted by all the events occurring after the murder of Matthew Shepard, a young homosexual man, due to a hate crime committed in the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. However, I will focus on two characters that I think had their life severely impacted or had major revelations in their own life after experiencing all aftermath effects that happened after the cruel killing of a young man. Those two characters include Officer Reggie Fluty and Jedadiah Schultz.
The well known quote “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger” was first accredited to a german philosopher and scholar named Friedrich Nietzsche in the 1800s. Since then, the phrase has been modified and used by countless figures such as scientists, researchers, and the world famous, country singer Kelly Clarkson. Amongst these people is a psychologist Dr. Mark Seery. In his 2010 study Whatever Doesn't Kill Us: Cumulative Lifetime Adversity, Vulnerability and Resilience (which appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology), he determined this is indeed the case. In the study Dr. Seery claimed, “adverse experiences... foster subsequent resilience, with resulting advantages for mental health and well-being.”
How Good a Job Does Sarty Do of Dealing with His Father: “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner Sarty’s father is a liar, a criminal, and an abuser. He spends his time hitting his wife and children for little to no reason. He burns the barns of anyone that says anything he doesn’t like, and he forces his family to cover for him. His son Sarty is forced to lie to cover for the what his father did, which was burn down some barns. He is forced to lie in front of a judge which causes him to be guilty himself (226).
Ship-Trap Island is like the nightmare you will never wake up from. In the book “The Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, a hunter named Rainsford was sailing in the sea to go hunt in the Amazon when suddenly he falls off of his yacht due to strong waves late at night. He ends up at this mysterious island the next morning where a general named Zaroff finds him. At first, Zaroff seems friendly but later on he puts Rainsford through a challenge where Zaroff is hunting Rainsford down for three days and if Rainsford wins, he survives. If the general wins, Rainsford will be killed.
How can challenges change people throughout their lives? Challenges shape people in many different ways, whether it be for good or bad. The effects of these challenges make people who we are, and shapes the characters found in stories and novels. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor showcases change in characters through Alyss Heart, a young princess in Wonderland. Beddor uses these conflicts to convey how Alyss changes as a character throughout the novel.
A Raisin in the Sun: Strength of Family Racism, segregation, oppression, and poverty; these are some of the struggles that black people in 1950’s America had to deal with every single day. That’s what the book “A Raisin in the Sun” focused on. This book was written about a closely-knit black family who had to get through new and difficult challenges, especially when it came to the racism that ran rampant through America at the time and their own attempts to escape the seemingly bottomless pit of poverty. These struggles forced this black family to stay together, even in times when the family seemed to be coming apart at the seams.
The play “ A Raisin In The Sun “ wrote by Lorraine Hansberry is a inspiring play about the Younger family. A typical African American family in the late 1950’s trying to make life better for themselves. They’re a family trying to overcome the difficulties and obstacles that comes with being black in America in that time. Obstacles such as lynchings,segregation,racial discrimination and overall the difficulties that comes with being black in America. With external problems within the family the characters also internal conflicts within themselves.