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Maria Gajraj

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Courage Courage is displayed when people stand up for what they believe is right, especially if they are the only ones supporting those beliefs. Bifocal by Deborah Ellis Lord of the Flies by William Golding Courage in being rational Point: Courage in Not Being Scared of the Truth Point: Point: Courage in Resisting Peer Pressure Point: Courage is confronting intimidation without flinching. Point: Courage is being logical when everyone around you wants to be irrational and act immaturely. Courage is not being afraid of finding the truth and spreading it to others. If Simon had been too scared to confront the "Beast", he would have never discovered that there was actually no Beast but only a dead soldier. Like the quote above states, courage really begins with one person standing up for their rights, and if they are convincing enough, people will follow them and recognize the goodness in their beliefs. Point: Courage in Swallowing Pride My Personal Strengths/Weaknesses One of my favourite book series is the "Divergent" series by Veronica Roth. The main theme in this book is bravery and courage, but the deep meaning of those terms, not the mindless risking of your life. The main character, Tris, is a perfect example of courage, because she knows what needs to be done and doesn't let anyone stand between her and her beliefs/ideals. Her parents and closest friends are killed in the books but she sees that real bravery lies through selflessness and keeps on going to save the people around her. We find it harder to do the right thing when we're the only person doing it. Courage is going against the tide to do what's right. Quotation: "'You don't understand,' Kevin said. 'You're through.' 'I'm through with you. I'm still part of the team'. [Jay said.] I turned and walked away. Haroon was still standing there, waiting. Balancing the tray in my left hand, I reached out and we tapped hands....I followed him as he threaded his way through the tables and chairs. I knew it was just my imagination, but it felt like everybody was staring at me--at the two of us. I hoped they were. (Ellis, 272.) Explanation: -last scene in the book, where the 2 main characters become friends
-takes place after Jay followed Kevin to destroy Haroon's house, but Haroon forgives them
-most important part because it shows Jay finally resisting peer pressure and breaking boundaries to become friends with Haroon (an unpopular brown student)
-Jay shows courage by confronting Kevin and showing him that he's not the "sun" anymore
-this took a lot of courage; the school all worshipped Kevin and Jay is openly throwing off his influence Quotation: Explanation: This picture shows one person breaking free from their group of uniform, similar friends, and accepting their individuality. This is like how Jay broke away from the group of popular, racist football players and became friends with Haroon. "'Go back to where you came from!' a passing driver yells out his window. A Coke can follows, narrowly missing the head of a small child in one of the faceless women's arms. 'We are citizens!' one of the men yells out, but the car is long gone." (114) -people wearing traditional garb, even though people ridicule them
-when they are made fun of, don't just cower in fear but fight back
-continue wearing their abayas etc although everyone mocks them Courage in Being Yourself in the Face of Adversity This picture shows a cat walking proudly with her head held high in front of all the big dogs. This is like the women who chose to wear the abaya even though people throw things at them when they cross the road. Quotation: Explanation: Courage is not being scared to break the rules when the rules are wrong. "'Let's go,' I say. It's the right thing to do. I'll deal with the consequences later. And I'm not doing it because Zana thinks I'm a coward." (114) -Haroon's parents don't approve of him going to support Azeem
-don't want him getting involved in the whole mess
-goes against their wishes (with them knowing) to do what he knows is right
-supports his friend and team member. Courage in Breaking the Rules Rosa Parks refused to obey the bus driver who insisted that she give her seat to a white woman. Through her consequential arrest she sparked a massive boycott of the buses and became an icon of the civil rights movement. Quotation: Explanation: "[Ralph] gesticulated, sought for a word. 'They're hopeless. The older ones aren't much better. D'you see? All day I've been working with Simon. No one else. They're off bathing, or eating, or playing.'" (Golding, ch3) -Ralph only one who knows they have to work
-he has to stand up to Jack to show him that if they want to survive they have to be ordered and disciplined
-he is ignoring his own desire to have fun and play because he knows they have to work first and play later -Jack irrational like Hitler: where's the logic in killing pigs at the cost of humanity; irrational like how Hitler decided that the Germans were somehow a superior race
-Jack's inability to be rational resulted in the deaths of Piggy and Simon; Hitler's inability to be rational resulted in the deaths of 6 million Jews
-Hard to reason with people who don't accept fact
-Courage in listening to your mind even when the easier way is to just act without thinking Quotation: Explanation: "As Simon thought this, he turned to the poor broken thing that sat stinking by his side, The beast was harmless and horrible; and the news must reach the others as soon as possible. He started down the mountain...(Golding, ch9) -Simon ignores fears and goes to discover what the actual beast is
-Finds the dead aviator and goes to tell the others
-Is killed before he could Quotation: Explanation: "[Jack] looked at Piggy, at the hunters, at Ralph. 'I'm sorry. About the fire, I mean. There. I--' He drew himself up. '--I apologize.'" Courage is seeing when you did wrong and taking the blame for it. -Although Jack was the main antagonist in LOTF, he had his courageous moments
-This scene before he went all bad; after he killed the first pig and let the fire go out
-Apologizing formally in front of his peers would have been hard for him but he did it anyways When you make a mistake, it's so hard to admit that you're wrong and say "I'm sorry". Being able to admit that you're wrong means that you're very courageous, because sometimes it's harder to swallow your pride than to wake up early in the morning to work out, for example. Personal Connection My strengths were picking a theme and picking the texts to relate to this theme. I also liked my thesis statement.

My weaknesses were choosing points to talk about and choosing quotes; I had to think a lot before coming up with the points for my slides, and sometimes the quotes I picked didn't connect properly to the points so I had to search extensively for quotes to support my opinions. Works Cited Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant. N.d. Photograph. The Divergent TrilogyWeb. 30 May 2013. <thedivergenttrilogy.com>.
Swallowing Pride. N.d. Photograph. The Musings of Justin KognetoWeb. 30 May 2013. <http://kev461.blogspot.ca/2009/05/gbe-89-pride.html>.
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: Perigree, 2006.
Ellis, Deborah. Bifocal.
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