Actor Christopher Reeve once said, “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” That quote is especially true when one thinks about Edmond Dantes from The Count of Monte Cristo, Santiago from The Alchemist, and Odysseus from The Odyssey. Edmond, Santiago, and Odysseus each sustained their share of challenges and temptations, and were able to fight through them to attain their dreams and goals. Santiago, from the book The Alchemist, encountered many problems on the journey to achieve his dream of going to the pyramids. His most important challenge was harnessing the wind, that being the only way he and the alchemist could escape tribesmen in the desert. He didn’t think he could do it, then realized that “he, a boy, could perform miracles,” and he had to believe in what he had learned from the people he encountered on his journey, one being the crystal merchant.
This lead to him thinking everything was perfect and heading off to war, leaving Daisy behind. When he returned, he still had the same dream that he had once accomplished, but it had become unrealistic because Daisy was married. Gatsby’s dream began to cloud his reality and he didn’t give up on it. Despite it being unreachable, Gatsby’s dream continued to be very important to him, as he felt “that if he had searched harder, he might have found her” (152-153). He didn’t know how to win Daisy over, but that didn’t stop him from trying and searching.
Both of them were able to see the world with new eyes and that change is good. “..I know the things I should be able to accomplish, and I don’t want to do so.” They know what they are capable of doing but choose not to do it because they don’t want to deal with all the work they need to put into it. As with Santiago he has enough money to go back home but chooses to not give up and continue his journey despite having to sell his sheep and getting robbed. The “death” Santiago had to experience was when the alchemist had told him that if he cannot turn himself into the wind he will be killed. A “rebirth” was when he came back from turning himself into the wind.
There were only short periods in time where McCandless was truly on his own. His journey into Alaska would prove the longest period in time where he was on his own, but that would prove fatal to him. McCandless thought he wanted to escape society, even those whom he came to call “friend”. In the end, it was them who could have saved him from his doom and it is apparent when McCandless sees his entire life flash before he finally succumbs to death. McCandless most likely never sought out to be alone forever, but rather to find the answer to his questions along his journey.
Erik was kept talking about how there are a lot of hardships in his life, but he overcomes them and that we should do the same thing. He wants us to find the positives out of life and exceed to our goals in life. In his lifetime there were many people who said to him that he cant or wont be able to do something, but that didn't tear him down. Instead he used that as fuel to motivate him to do a certain thing. That inspired me, because he went through so much yet he still accomplished many things.
Hope will give you the dexterity to start over. When hope exists there shall not be the tranquil dusk defeat in the air. My dear Caius Martius, it was you who taught me that failure is inevitable though defeat is a choice. A choice my son never considered and to never to exist in his thoughts or dreams. Through the eyes of failure, he found victory.
However, the consequences of the betrayal are always long lasting and have sever effects. Betrayal is seen when Amir cares more about attention than his own friendships. Betrayal is also seen when Baba feels that his son Amir will never be good enough. In contrast, one character who never shows betrayal is Hasssan. In The Kite Runner, Amir and Baba engage in the act of betrayal however Hassan never betrays.
In the book The Alchemist, it is said that to lead a satisfying life you must first complete your personal legend. Before Santiago met Melchizedek (King of Salem) he did not know what a personal legend was. Melchizedek said it is what you have always wanted to accomplish (Coelho 23). Throughout the book, Santiago was pursuing his personal legend and overcoming many obstacles like losing all of his money, working as a crystal merchant, crossing the desert and turning himself into the
Growing up, I was always thought that good things come those who wait but growing up I have come to release that was all a lie. If you wait around doing nothing, you won’t get and achieve anything you want. People think waiting for things to happen, it will eventually happen. I was once told by a millionaire that it’s better to take opportunities than to wait on them. You get out what you have put in, so don’t sit around doing nothing.
Much like Herbert tried to make the United States succeed, Edgar would attempt to use his power to turn the FBI into a successful organization but however, they both would leave a stain on the United States and FBI’s legacies. For Hoover, It was the Great Depression, and for Edgar, it was his
[F] Dominic was so intent on fulfilling his dreams that he didn’t care about the negative things; hope demanded he aim for his dreams. [G] The author Scott Barry writes about hope with “Talent, skill, ability-whatever you want to call it-will not get you there… a wealth of psychological research over the past few decades show loud and clear that it’s the psychological vehicles that really get you there” (Barry,1). [H] You need more than just talent or the potential to get you to where you want and Dominic had more than that. [I] Besides being a great xylophone player, it took Dominic’s hope to get him to where he wanted. [J] There are many things Dominic had to overcome in order to reach his dream.