According to the American Institute of Stress, it says: “The number one cause of stress, is the individual 's environment.” Many people in the world are facing failure, or going through rough times, because of what is around them. In the novel, Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff, Jolly’s family and LaVaughn transition through many changes based on the environment around them. Because of transitioning through their childhood, apartment, and school, the characters transform their identities from negative to positive.
The three-time United States Track and Field Olympic champion, Gail Devers once said, “Sometimes we fall, sometimes we stumble, but we can’t stay down. We can’t allow life to beat us down. Everything happens for a reason, and it builds character in us, and it tells us what we are about and how strong we really are when we didn’t think we could be that strong.” In the non-fiction book Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, protagonist Louis Zamperini demonstrates his everlasting perseverance through his everyday actions. Like Devers believed, the resilient Zamperini refused to be defeated or demoralized and did everything in his power to keep his feet on the ground and his chin up.
Have you ever lost someone you loved or was important in your life? Well Junior has, he has lost many people in his life. He has gone to a total of 42 funerals in his lifetime and he is only 14. You will find out more about Junior in the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Most of the people Junior has lost were due to alcohol. Alcohol is an epidemic within the Indian reservation as well as all over the world. There are many themes present in the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. One particular theme that is present throughout the story is that alcoholism kills and ruins lives.
Often dreaming of being in Phoenix with her grandma, she admits, “I even liked all of her rules. I liked how she woke us up every morning at dawn, shouting, “Rise and shine, everybody!” and insisted we wash our hands and comb our hair before eating breakfast” (91). Children growing up in more traditional families might find Grandma Smith’s actions to be pestering and bothersome or not think much of it. Jeannette on the other hand, enjoys and craves these tiny acts of motherly attention, revealing how different their life must be from a common family and Rosemary’s neglect of being a mom. Rex and Rosemary’s inability to keep a job also take a toll on her and her siblings. “‘How many places have we lived?’ I asked Lori. ‘That depends on what you mean by ‘lived,’’ she said. ‘If you spend one night in some town, did you live there? What about two nights? Or a whole week?’ [...] We counted eleven places we had lived, then we lost track” (29). Due to her parents, they live a life constantly on the road, leaving things behind like “school records and birth certificates” (136). What Lori says only shows how unstable their environment is, sometimes only spending a night in the town. It is clear that their lifestyle influences Jeannette’s emotional health, longing for a typical
It is important for people to overcome the obstacles they are faced with. Obstacles allow us to learn and become successful. In novels a character will often be faced with a problem. Just like a book, everybody has their own story filled with challenges. Recently I have read two novels that deal with sensitive topics and obstacles. Several years ago my grandma had very serious health issues. Each of these examples showcase the fact that it is important for everybody to experience obstacles in their life.
The strength of family is having a role model who can tell the young how they went through life and their mistakes to what got them there so the young could learn from. With this it is important to know that everyone goes through different challenges which aids them in different ways. All these lessons are handed down to daughters and sons so they too can learn from those lessons. Barbara Jordan a woman who held her ground is a lady many can learn from. Barbara Jordan showed resistance in her life through many characteristics such as intelligence, determination and leadership.
In her memoir, Cheryl Strayed talked about how she secretly blamed her mother for not able to receive enough care and get what others have. After her mother’s death, she realized “[there] was only [her] dead, insular, overly optimistic, non-college-preparing, occasionally-child-abandoning, pot-smoking, wooden-spoon-wielding, feel-free-to-call-me-by-my-name mom to blame” (Strayed 267). This made me think about the way I had always blamed my own parents. I blamed them for not giving birth to me at a young age, for not able to treat me the way other parents do, and for leaving me no choice but to go to a country I knew nothing about. As I read Cheryl’s memoir, I realized that one day I would also have no one to blame,
Rosa Karina Senra Leroux daughter of Rosa Altagracia Leroux Moya and Cesar Augusto Senra was born July 16, 1976 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Biologically she has an older brother named Mario Senra. She also has 3 step younger brothers: Cesar Augusto Senra, Carlos Senra and, Cristian Senra.
Overcoming adversity requires acceptance that things must change and the determination to do so. Once that adversity has been overcome the feeling of accomplishment is even greater than imagined. In the book Wild, by Cheryl Strayed, Strayed had been hiking for awhile and realized that she started to run out of water and started to get really dehydrated. Her guide book said that there was water nearby but she didn't know if it was close enough to make it to before she might die of dehydration. She started to reflect on her accomplishments and said, “In spite and because of its hardships and I’d gotten myself into this place on my own two feet” (Strayed 195). Strayed, throughout her experience of self discovery, had gone through many adversities and this experience has driven her to a state of pride instead of sorrow. She was able to overcome anything that was thrown at
In the quarter towards midway of The Street, Ann Petry describes how African American’s lived in poverty as well as faced racism. Petry portrays Lutie not “[seeing] anything at all but 116th Street and a job that paid barely enough for food and rent and a handful of clothes” (Petry 147). Petry is showing her readers that Lutie is not getting paid a fair amount in order to pay for her living conditions as well as her son Bub. She as well creates a feeling of poverty that lives amongst 116th Street which creates a more sentimental feeling to her readers. Petry as well shows that in 117th Street, “Lutie looked at each store, closely reacting to it as violently as though she had never seen it before” (Petry 152). She is continually stating that
Throughout history, people have been unjustly wronged. African Americans were enslaved, women were oppressed, the Jews were murdered, and the Native Americans were robbed. A common feeling that lives among these betrayed people is revenge. Fleur, a Native American becomes possessed with revenge in Louise Erdrich’s book, Four Souls. Fleur Pillager’s love for her land and thirst for justice lead her on a journey that tangles the two, and everyone involved. What will remain when love and revenge collide, and both want control of the heart?
Mercades Olmos, daughter of Concha and Cosme Hurtado, born May 28, 2000 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Mother to Acelynn Carrillo. Mercades had a wonderful childhood filled with outdoor trips and love from each person she would cross paths with. Raised before technology took over, she was lucky because she was able to enjoy her childhood the best way possible, with her family. She had 3 brothers, Christopher, Justin, and Jason, but she was fortunate enough to be raised by her grandparents with her two older uncles that she later came to think of as her brothers. As a child, friends and neighbors loved her adorable personality and the fact that she always had something new to say.
Barriers throughout someone’s lifetime could shatter them, or help them to build and become a better person. Either way, it is a decision one makes on their own. Some people’s hardships are worse than others, but that does not mean it was not tough for them to handle. Conflicts could even help shape the person going through a tough time. Simone Biles was determined to become stronger from her challenges, mentally and physically.
Someone said, “There are things in life we do not want to happen but have to accept; Things we do not want to know but have to learn, and people can not live without but have to let go”. Wanting Mor is a book about the main character names Jameela, a girl who lived with her family in Afghanistan during the war. After her mom passed away, she had to face a lot of changes, challenges and overcame all by herself. Jameela wants to live her beautiful life with things that she wants to happen but it’s impossible. Life usually surprises Jameela with a lot of different challenges, they may not be something Jameela wants to happen but they are surely parts of her life. All challenges in her life that she has overcome help her to be better and teach
As discussed by Grant H. Blume, in Chapter 11: Academic Planning for High School Students: Careful Choices Cultivate Postsecondary Opportunity and Success, grades and the types of classes a student takes are an important indicator of how well prepared students are for college. With that in mind, Esmeralda’s 9th through 11th grade unweighted GPA is a 3.9. During the interview, she identified math as one of her academic strengths, and English was one of her weaknesses. She talked about her generation having a different approach for English. She stated “We were the class, the experimenting class, they tried everything new on us. It was difficult because we were trying to do one thing, and then we were told to do a different thing.” The reason for this was the fact that her high school experienced a change of curriculum. She expressed how for so long she had been set on tackling English one way, and with the change of curriculum it was a whole different approach, so that took some readjustments. According to the book, Fundamentals of