Warriors Don't Cry

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5 May 2013
Melba Pattillo Beals
The book Warriors Don’t Cry is written by Melba Pattilo Beals who was one of the students who went to Central High School to help integrate it so black students could go to school with white. Melba was only 15 year old when she volunteered with her friends to go to Central High. Melba is a smart intelligent girl who always listen to her family, friends, and follow her Christian religion. Melba went through many difficulties throughout her year in Central High. People did so many horrifying things yet she stayed strong and never broke down to her promise to finish Central High. Throughout her autobiography I discovered many new themes one such as never give up.

The theme, never give up shows up many times through Melba’s actions in school and outside of school Melba wanted to give up many times but she, kept her word by praying to God and talking to her grandma. Whenever students beat up Melba, she would say I am never going to that school but the next day she would get up and go back to school. When she was bullied, she reported to the staff but no one would believe her. Even though they did not believe what she said, Melba continued to do her best in school and outside of school. She never gave up on the things she did outside of the school either. She still cherished her friendship and tried to make her life as normal instead of just giving in. If she gave in the segregationist would win, and if she did not make her life as normal as possible she would have never made it through the year. Despite the difficulties, she never gave up.

In Warriors Don’t Cry, Melba had both internal and external problems, which caused her to have the idea of giving up. Some internal problems that Melba faced were staying strong, trying to stay alive, and her best friend moving away. Melba had to stay strong because everyone was trying to get her kicked out. Students in Central High blamed and caused commotions to get her tempted...
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