Character Analysis: Raising The Flag On Iwo Jima

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Courage Harlon Block was born on November 6, 1924 in Yorktown, Texas. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1943 and was immediately sent into combat to Bougainville Island and later, to Iwo Jima. Harlan Block is well known for his act of bravery which can be depicted in the photo “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.” Block can be seen at the bottom of the pole, hoisting up the American Flag on Mount Suribachi in World War II. The immense amount of courage required from the men in the photograph is unfathomable due to the boundless expanses of shrapnel and gunfire surrounding them at this time. This same type of courage is seen from Tobias in the novel: Four: A Divergent Collection, when he must decide whether to defend his old faction, or…show more content…
Billy Graham once said, "Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” This has been known to be true in many situations including the civil rights movement in 1954 when Martin Luther King Jr. stood up for what was right despite the criticism he received for doing so. In 1963, Martin Luther gave his infamous “I Have a Dream” speech in front of a crowd of 250,000 people, igniting the civil rights movement. Similarly, this contagion of courage is also seen in the novel: Four: A Divergent Collection when Tris is the first jumper from the train platform into the dismal pit. Soon after, she was followed by the rest of the Dauntless initiates who were immediately consoled knowing that Tris had preceded them in jumping and survived. Tobias explains the situation: “First jumper- Tris! This way, they’ll remember her, not for the gray she wears but for her first act of bravery. Or insanity. Sometimes they’re the same thing” (Roth 270). Another example of courage as seen in the novel is evident when Tris decides to climb a ferris wheel during the Capture the Flag game to gain a tactical advantage. "I can always feel Tris’s presence, so I can feel it when she wanders off from the group. She’s got her foot on a rung of the ferris wheel, her hands stretched out above her, clinging to another one. I briefly worry about her sanity, then I push my…show more content…
Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionist and politician who spent over twenty years in prison for his opposition of the apartheid regime. The immense amount of courage required from Mandela as he fought the constant temptation of accepting the regime while in prison is overwhelming. Nelson Mandela was released, and in 1994 he was elected the first leader of a democratic South Africa. He is widely admired for his courage and perseverance in uniting a previously divided nation. This same theme of courage stimulating growth can also be seen in the novel, Four: A divergent Series. For example, in part three, Four is struggling with his fears within the fear landscape. These fears include: Heights, confined spaces, killing innocent people, and his father. On one occasion, Four allows Tris to go through his fear landscape with him. This invitation that he extended to Tris took a large amount of courage because of the fact that Four is such a private person. Within his fear landscape, Four helps Tris to recognize the attributes that a dauntless would possess in an effort to help her hide her true divergent self. "If you wanna pass, if you wanna avoid discovery you have to do everything the way a Dauntless would do it. You have to find tool, some method to survive” (Roth 158). Another example can be found in in part four, when Tobias decides to

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