Tenaciousness of Matthew Polly in American Shaolin
Like what Napoleon Hill said, “Every successful person finds that great success lies just beyond the point when they’re convinced their idea is not going to work”, Matthew Polly vividly confirmed this saying in the memoir American Shaolin by creating a character- Matthew Polly who is full of tenaciousness. From the very beginning, page 14, the list of things that are wrong with Matt generates fully about his tenaciousness facet. By the age fifteen, he had an inner to-do list, which was not listed for fun or out of impulsion because he thought it thoroughly about it, and had a strong willing to change it. We can see when he acknowledged he was ignorant, he dedicated himself to read all the books concerning about how to get into elite universities, found the Spanish club, and demonstrate leadership potential. He holds persistently to his view of gaining knowledge for several years without a slightly thought about giving up. Later, he got admitted into Princeton, where he understood what he was saying. With all these years of hardworking, and persistence, he could finally undoubtedly and proudly cross the “ignorant” off his list. On top of this, Matt was not content with just eliminating one thing from the list, as his goal was to work hard on eliminating all the things. But first thing first, he turned to “Cowardly, trying to eliminate it from the list, which led him taking kungfu classes, reading heroic novels, and also resulted in the whole story about him going to China to find Shaolin Temple, and learning kungfu. Not only page 14 provides the evidence that Matthew is tenacious, but also passages in page 17, where Matthew’s parents trying so hard to help him analyze the disadvantages of going to China, such as he would have a difficult time communicating with people as he knew very little about Chinese language and writing; the fact that they didn’t have anybody they know to take care of him, and Chinese might...
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