Imagine a life where everything seems to revolve around one important element. And just as everything seems to be going well, it all changes within a matter of seconds. In the novel Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham, the protagonist, Jane Arrowood, had to experience this. She had a strong passion for drawing, but she was required to have her dominant arm amputated because of a shark attack. As she recovered slowly in the hospital, she showed her true inner strength when she learned to draw and write with her other hand. When I read this book I connected with Jane by being reminded of all the roadblocks I’ve hit during my basketball career, and I noticed there were learning experiences from Jane’s actions on how to conquer the journey of recovery. …show more content…
For Jane, because she had the thought of never being able to draw again, that meant she had to secretly begin practicing with her left hand. At first, her mom downloads a drawing software on her laptop, but Jane doesn’t think it portrays the same way as actual pens on paper. So she starts by drawing on a leftover gum wrapper she found in a trash bag. Resembling Jane, when I was injured I couldn’t do anything for the first few weeks. But on the days when I had free time I would work on ball handling drills and my shooting technique. As the novel progresses, Jane continues to draw with her left hand and her drawing skills start to increase. As for me, when I was released to play again, my basic skills did not decrease because I took advantage of the time I had and did something productive with it. This learning experience taught me that it’s always best to “Go for the Gold” and make an effort to get the wanted results in the end. In conclusion, when I read the novel Shark Girl, I connected with Jane because the strength and passion she has for drawing is the same for me and playing basketball. And I learned that it takes hard work and dedication to conquer tough situations in life, to never let one roadblock change how the future plays out, and that the trick to life is to live in the moment. For it is a mystery when it could all
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You go into a store to get some chips or a Coca-Cola, soon, thereafter you walk to the back of the store, where the candy section is. As you walk and grab some potato chips, the cashier yells “Hey put that back!” You wonder to yourself, “am I allowed to buy this or does he not want me to?” You go up to the counter and before he explains what happened, and why he yells, he tells you to put your hands up and don't go anywhere. You sit there for a while looking like you're reaching for something on a top shelf, a man with a uniform and badge comes walking in through the front door.
“No man knows the value of innocence and integrity but he who has lost them.” This compelling quote from William Godwin shows the importance of integrity, guilt, and most importantly, innocence. Innocence, is the exact opposite of guilt, wrong, sin, and disgrace. Joan Bauer is the author of the extraordinary short story, “The Truth About Sharks.” This realistic fiction short story has a shocking ending where the main protagonist, Beth changes her point of view about guilt and innocence.
He sprained his ankle very bad and had to stay in bed for a long time. His foot took a very long time to heal and he felt like he would never get better again. He began to read whatever he could get ahold of. “The magic of the printed page had caught him and was never to let him go.” He also took comfort in his imagination and told his sister many stories.
Famous poet Robert Frost once expressed “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.” It can be hard at times to not become a victim of intimidation.
The title, “The Truth About Sharks”, makes a connection between little fish and sharks with Beth and Madge. Beth, just a teenager, is faced against Madge, who is the “stocky, stern” security guard at Mitchell Gail’s. This symbolism shows Beth as the little fish who usually doesn’t stand up for herself and Madge as the shark, who is intimidating and strong. Bauer creates this connection with the title, which the reader begins to realize when Madge accuses Beth of stealing. Another connection Bauer makes with symbolism in this short story is the symbol of the black pants that Beth is looking for.
But, I realized the big change in my life. This taught me that sometimes life is hard but everything happens for a
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I knew the solution to my problem the whole time but it was up to me to take action. I had to step outside my comfort zone and do something I had never done before. If you want something bad enough, you will make the time for it. I learned not to put something off for tomorrow if you can do it today. One of my favorite quotes is “By changing nothing, nothing changes.”
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The book “I Survived the Shark Attack” is a thrilling fictional tale about a boy who got attacked by a shark and survived. This tale is based on shark attacks in the summer of 1916. The story takes place in New Jersey in a small city called Elm Hills near the atlantic ocean. Chet Roscow is a friendly, brave, and adventurous 10 year old boy. His family is constantly moving because his father is always chasing new business ideas.
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The first wave was normal sized and not to crazy so she surfed on it like a champ. Eventually, the waves got bigger and bigger until suddenly she fell off of her board and her score decreased. When she got out of the water she was full of anger and sadness. “Don’t feel down”, I said. “You did your best and I will get our score up, just watch”.
In our life, there are periods of challenges that we must face, but the real challenge is how we grow and learn from overcoming them. Being naive children, we believed that life was simplistic and effortless. Well, we were wrong, we can only yearn for life to be easy. Growing up, we continue to face countless hurdles that only get bigger and bigger. My life, in particular, has been filled with numerous up and downs.