Breaking Night 2014

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Product of Determination

Many times in life, before a goal can be reached, there will be many obstacles to face. To continue towards that goal in spite if these difficulties, is perseverance. In the biography Breaking Night by Liz Murray, the main character Liz doesn’t give up when faced with obstacles thrown at her from things like culture, family, and society. Liz expresses perseverance by continuing towards her future objective in spite of hardships. While growing up, Liz’s parents had and caused many severe financial problems. Liz and her sister were often left without things like food and medical care. Being mature for her age, Liz tries to find a way to make money by attempting to find a job. She goes to countless shops trying to find some sort of work but is turned down because of her age. Despite her continuous failure she keeps on trying. One day Liz discovers that she can make money by pumping peoples gas for tips. Although she is continuously chased away by annoyed gas station workers, she continues to try to get the money she needs to survive. The fact that Liz goes after the things she needs and doesn’t just quit shows strong perseverance. Liz is eventually taken from her home and after a while is placed in the care of her mother and her boyfriend at their apartment. After a short time living there Liz runs away and spends a large part of her life homeless. After a long time Liz gets the motivation to go back to high school, which shed left originally. After finding a school that will accept she sets goals that entail that she works harder than she ever has before. Liz needs to quickly finish high school with nothing short of perfect grades. Even though the goal is far from her reach, Liz works hard everyday. Liz spends most of her time in school, joining many clubs, studying on staircases of apartment buildings and sleeping wherever she’s welcome. Even with a vey difficult to reach goal, Liz stuck it out and did every thing she could showing her

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