Boys In The Boat Analysis

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There comes a point in life when faced with hardship, we as humans are required to dig deep within ourselves in order to survive, and in the end we may find inner strength and resourcefulness that were previously unknown. Horace explains this, “adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant”. Ultimately, this can be seen in one’s life and with time these newfound qualities comes the ability to overcome hardship. The desire to fight through and the willingness to dig deeper within one’s self is displayed within many stories and within these individuals experiences Horance’s point is defended. An individual faced with hardship at a young age may realize later in life how the level of struggle they overcame is exactly why they are the person they turned out to be. Maya Angelou expresses her struggles in her coming of age story, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. At a young age she was faced with what many would consider the worst forms of hardship. Growing up in a an age with discrimination as a young African American girl, she faced racism, discrimination, sexual harassment and more. In her lowest point she stated, “It was…show more content…
In Daniel James Brown’s story, Boys in the Boat, the team goes through so much hardship in order to push further and improve their abilities and take the gold medal in the olympics. Brown depicts this struggle, “It’s not a question of whether you will hurt, or of how much you will hurt; it’s a question of what you will do, and how well you will do it, while pain has her wanton way with you” (Brown 40). The team is an extraordinary example of the idea that teams who struggle the most will see the best result. If they had not pushed to such extremes the work may have never paid off and they would not have gotten the result they did. It was the willingness to suffer that was able to push through the
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