Analysis Of Disabilities: A Giant Step By Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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G00256038 ENGL 060 Essay #3 Physical Disabilities In countries with life expectancies over 70 years of age, people spend on average about eight years, or 11.5 percent of their life span, living with disabilities. The passage "A Giant Step” by Henry Louis Gates Jr is a memoir about how he came to injure his foot, and all the complications that went along with the permanent injury. Similarly “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” is a story about a teen named Junior who has hydrocephalic, we learn the many complications that come along with this disability. There are similarities and differences in how both people live their lives. Both people with their disabilities find it within themselves not to give up and still overcome challenges. On the other hand both mothers aren't the same, their motives for their children are completely different. Junior was also able to live a little more normal life, have freedom meanwhile Gates was held back a little more from …show more content…

Gates pushed through his challenges by staying patient and allowing himself to embrace his hardships ” ’Your foot is touching the ground!’ I am afraid to look, but it is true: the surgeon has lengthened my leg with that gleaming titanium and chrome-cobalt alloy ball-and-socket-joint.” words Gates never thought he would hear were now a reality because he stayed motivated. As well as Gates, Junior overcame his challenge with the help of added motivation from his math teacher .“Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from an adult? Do you know how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? It's one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they're the four biggest words in the world when they're put together. You can do it.” this quote is an example of how Junior was able to be motivated to do better for himself by the moral support he

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  • Analyzes how henry louis gates jr's "a giant step" and "the absolutely true diary of a part-time indian" illustrate the similarities and differences in how both people live their lives.
  • Analyzes how gates and junior pushed through their challenges by staying patient and embracing his hardships.
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