The Marble Champ Rhetorical Analysis

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“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Tim Notke once said this to show that hard work is an important trait to have. In the story “The Marble Champ” by Gary Soto, one recurring theme is kindness and hard work leads to rewards. Lupe is motivated by the thought of being able to successfully play a sport, and works very hard to be successful in it. In the beginning of The Marble Champ, the theme of kindness and hard work leads to rewards is shown. In the text, it said that Lupe was spelling bee, playground chess, and library champion. Those awards must be hard to win. I tried the spelling bee last year, and even after studying, struggled the whole time. Lupe probably poured her time into preparing for these competitions. Also, when she had just started preparing for the marble championship, she started shooting marbles on her bed. In the story it said, “She tried again and again. Her aim became accurate.” This proves that Lupe’s hard work made her improve in shooting. The theme of hard…show more content…
while she was in the tournament. In the text it said, “She beat her first opponent easily, and felt sorry for the girl because she didn’t have anyone to cheer for her. Lupe invited the girl, whose name was Rachel, to stay with them.” This illustrates a great act of kindness. Lupe was rewarded with a new friend by the end of the story because she reached out. When Lupe was nervous about facing the girl in finals, Rachel encouraged her that she could do it. “ ‘Go get her’, She said as she hugged Lupe.” Lupe’s kindness and hard work earned her a new friend, and a championship title. “Being kind is more important than being right.” Someone once said this so people could open their eyes and see that kindness is important in the world. In “The Marble Champ” by Gary Soto, Lupe shows great kindness and hard work. That great kindness and work lead to great rewards. What rewards will you
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