Out Of My Mind Themes

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“2.2 million people in the United States depend on a wheelchair for day-to-day tasks and mobility. 6.5 million people use a cane, a walker, or crutches to assist with their mobility”. Every single day, people varying in ages, struggle to live their lives due to conditions out of their control. Whether it is life threatening or not, it can have effects that are both socially and emotionally harming. Although some of them may change appearances on the outside, other people cannot forget that all people, not matter the disability, have brains and personalities of their own on the inside, even if they are not seen to the human eye. The book Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper, shares the story of Melody, a girl who is much more than her cerebral…show more content…
Draper, makes me wonder what it would be like to live in her shoes for a day. In the novel, Melody expresses the frustrations of the hurdles that she has to deal with in her everyday life, whether it be at school or at home. From an outsider 's perspective, Melody looks like she is just a goofy kid with a disability, but she is actually so much more. Melody’s intelligence is hidden behind the mask of her condition. The majority of people would not be able to recognize this about her, and would end up going ahead and judging her for something she has no control over. People need to understand that Melody, along with others have feelings too, and can get hurt with words. Anyone could learn a valuable lesson from Melody, as I have learned to be more appreciative for a working voice and working legs. The human race needs to realize that they should not be wasting their voice on making fun of other people and should not be wasting mobility on physically hurting others. Instead, they should be used to put others up and encourage them to be their best selves. People no matter their state of health are still people, and it should not matter if they have a disability: “a person is so much more than the name of a diagnosis on a chart!” (23). Melody is right; a person is greater than the obstacles that they
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