Adversity Essay

Topics: Roald Dahl, Elie Wiesel, Barack Obama Pages: 1 (342 words) Published: January 4, 2015
Kyle Merritt 10/23/14
The two possible ways to react to adversity are in a positive way and a negative way. I think people can respond to adversity in positive ways. I think this because throughout history people have faced many problems of adversity. The central theme of my text based evidence is based on getting passed adversity positively.

In the nonfiction book Night by Elie Wiesel, Elie topples adversity by thinking of his father time and time again. When Elie wanted to give up he thought of what would happen to his father if he gave up, so he stayed with his father as much as he could and kept him going. This shows not only the love and care Elie had for his father it shows the strength Elie’s father gave him to not give up.

In the fictional short story “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl a wife kills her husband with a frozen leg of lamb and covers it up. “‘Personally, I think it’s right here on the premises. Probably right under our very noses. What you think Jack?’ And in the other room, Mary Maloney began to giggle.” In this quote it shows how the wife Mary Maloney got rid of the weapon that she used to kill her husband, since she gave the leg of lamb to the officers to eat, and they didn’t suspect a thing. It shows how Mary got passed a problem by getting rid of the murder weapon and any evidence of it.

In the speech by Barack Obama “Obama Challenges Grads to Cultivate Empathy”
The reason why my argument is correct is because it shows how people have overcome adversity and why they had too. The opposite side of this argument is that people do not overcome adversity yet people can and do overcome it. That is wrong since the text based details show that people can overcome adversity. It is clear that people overcome adversity for the bad and the good they find a way to overcome it.
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