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Adversity is a mental psychological, physical, social or a financial affliction. It can cause us pain; suffering and can make us anxious. However with support, confidence, determination and resilience, all are able to overcome their adversities and as a result we gain experience, knowledge and wisdom. Therefore have experienced growth. In Inventing Elliot by Graham Gardner, Beauty Therapy by Amy Fallon and Jasper Jones by Graig Silvey, our protagonists gain knowledge, experience, wisdom and therefore grow once they have overcome their adversities of bullying, lost relations or new hindering accidents.

Through the character Elliot, in the novel Inventing Elliot by Graham Gardner, readers are shown the struggle and anxiousness experienced by Elliot during his time at Holimester High. However as the novel comes to an end, Elliot has gained experience and an ethical wisdom. In the novel there was a moment where Elliot made Louise uncomfortable by following Richard’s advice relating to girls. Elliot regretted his actions and then became distant from Louise. He would avoid all eye contact with Louise and opportunities to talk to her. Then one day they both accidentally into one another at a doorway and Elliot was not able to escape this confrontation. There was a moment of silence and then Elliot muttered, “I’m really and truly sorry.” Through the use of dashes, commas and ellipsis, Graham Gardner highlighted the sincerity and cautiousness to make things worse in Elliot’s words. Elliot has learnt to confront his current issues and that it is better to resolve them rather then avoid the problem. He has grown in his moral understanding and how to approach an adversity.

In the article Beauty Therapy, written by Amy Fallon, readers are also shown another example of someone overcoming their adversity and experiencing growth. In this article readers are told the story of beautician Irene Laker who is a victim of a landmine explosion in her hometown Gulu in Uganda.

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