Dwight Lyman Moody once uttered the words, "Character is what you are in the dark." One interpretation of this quote's meaning is that your true self is revealed during difficult times. I believe that Lyman Moody's words are entirely true, both in literature and in life. In the novel Insurgent by Veronica Roth, Tris' true values are revealed during hard times when she stands up for what she believes in, protects her fellow citizens, and distances herself from those who could be dangerous to her.
...Lessons of the long-distance runner.” The New Criterion (2008): 23-28. Academic Search Complete. Web. 13 Oct. 2011.
Modesty, character and a positive outlook on life is necessary in our daily interactions as well as in the pursuit of happiness and success, this is also displayed throughout the video featuring the story of Roger Bannister and his eventual success in running the first mile under four minutes. Mr.Bannister did not achieve his success with ease, he had a challenging upward climb that included setbacks and disappointments. Even though he was ambitious to meet the expectations he had set for himself, his record-setting success was just out of reach when he was able to compete in the 1952 olympics. Although earning a place in the olympics was an incredible achievement all on it’s own, Bannister placed fourth in the mile-long race he had been training for. This led to disappointment from himself as well as others, but also inspired more determination for him to train a little bit harder so he could “justify his training methods...” and become the record setting athlete he will be remembered
The swimmer is a story that has a lot of interpretations in which we can relate to. The story starts out by introducing Neddy whom in this case is the main character. Neddy is by a poolside with some friends having some drinks and feels young and energetic and decides to get to his home by swimming in all the pools he comes across. The story continues as an adventure for him. He swims in all his neighbors’ pools and in every house he stops in, there’s a unique situation going on. At first I though he was under the influence or on some type of drug. When the story reaches the end we see that Neddy has lost it all. The story has a twist to it in which we have to read carefully to understand it. The two criticisms I will use in this text are Marxist Criticism and Psychological Criticism.
Although, in the beginning of the book, he is not in a life threatening position, he still faced the theme of survival and perseverance. When he trained getting into the Berlin Olympics, he persevered through endless training, in which he had to endure many hardships. For example, when Louie just finished a 5000m race and, “the injured toe in training opened up again” (23). This shows us how Louie trained endlessly to pursue his goal and had to survive all the hardships he faced, even though it was not life-threatening. Another instance when Louie was near the edge of survival was in the Berlin Olympics when he was almost at the finish line when he remembered what his brother said, “A lifetime of glory is worth a moment of pain” (34). After this he ran with all his might and his dying breath to run the best he could. When he was almost at the finish line, Louie, “With the last of his strength threw himself over the line” (34). This shows how he persevered with all his strength and on the edge of survival to run the best race he
The setting in the novel reveals that Finny is athletic. on page 18 3rd paragraph its says that he broke the swimming record with out any practice. “one day he broke the swimming record”. The quote is basically satiny that he broke the record and that makes Finny athletic, because he broke it in the pool with out any practice. Besides being athletic he is also rebellious.
Even though he finished 8th in the 5,000 meter, he had one of the fastest finishes in that event. Four years later, Louie was planning to run in the 1940 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, but the breakout of war across the world forced the Olympics to be canceled. Louie enlisted in the US Air Force as a bombardier and was sent to Funafuti Air Force base in Hawaii to help fight against the Japanese in the Pacific. His characteristics will be tested to the extreme as the story unfolds. Louie Zamperini, from Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken exhibits the characteristics of resilient and optimistic through his actions.
The second thing he talks about is that guys do pointless things just because it was made a challenge. Dave talks about just to make some people shut up about their running records he decides to challenge them and say he can beat their record. In the first run he was only three-hundredths of a second away from beating it, as he began to run it a second time he felt his hamstring pop and he could not walk correctly for weeks. Although the guys were sympathetic the man who held the record would often call him and brag that he still had not beaten his
Success comes in many different forms. Some define it as how much money they have, or receiving that big promotion they have been longing for. However, I felt the glory of success by making my way through a grueling ten mile hiking path. The Three Lakes Trail is the longest and most difficult trail I have ever trekked. My calves were on fire from the ups and downs of the steep hills, while also having to deal with the extra weight from the mud on my boots that was caused by going through “Mud City.” This beautiful scenic route, with its crystal clear lakes, didn’t hide the fact that this trail was brutal. I’d need a lot of strength, both mentally and physically, to get to the finish line.
â€œSET,â€ The starter exclaims as our 4x400 team and all the others wait in anticipation; the whole stadium is in absolute silence. Then, BANG, the starting pistol has goes off. The battle for the fastest 4x400 time in Arkansas has began. Bentonville High Schoolâ€™s team is composed of: Senior Billy Horton, Senior Harrison Shewmaker, Freshman Devin Dougherty, and myself. (I was a sophomore at the time.) This was my first time being on this relay team and I was petrified of letting my team down, especially on this big of a stage; the State Championship. I begin thinking of all the hard work I had put in to get here, all the hours, all the sweat. As I await the bouton to run my leg in the race I have a flashback to all the events leading up to this race, the things that got me here.
Then at that point in time, winning wasn’t her first priority anymore. She was in so much shock and so happy to see her brother that she went back and gave him a huge hug and started running with him so that they could finish the race together like family should.
“He reminisced about long, cold hours on the water under steel-grey skies, about smashing victories and defeats narrowly averted, about traveling to Germany and marching under Hitler’s eyes into the Olympic stadium in Berlin, and about his crewmates”. Daniel James Brown writes this in the prologue of his moving book, The Boys in the Boat and it gives the reader just the slightest idea of the immense amount of passion that Joe Rantz had for the sport of rowing. Brown wrote the novel after having a conversation with Rantz when Rantz was in his ninety’s. Brown sat in Rantz’s living room with him and chatted about the incredible rowers past and the adventures that rowing had taken him on. Rantz could not hold back his tears when talking about the
Sabrina Little, the author of this blog, is an avid ultra-marathoner. Ultramarathons are races that are longer than the traditional marathon length of 26.2 miles. They are often 30, 40, 50, or even 100 miles long! She chronicles her race results in her blog, and includes a write up in each one. They each include details about the race distance, the specific difficulties of this run, and how the author felt before, during, and after the race. They are honest and inspiring reports - they don’t sugarcoat the difficulty of running such long distances. However, they are written in a way that encourages the reader to do their own long distance running. There is always something in each run that motivated her to keep running. It could be a new personal record, seeing wildlife during the run, or simply just enjoying herself on her run. She always has something to she enjoyed during her races.
“A race is like a work of art that people can look at and be affected by in as many ways as they’re capable of understanding.”(70) Here the author quotes Steve Prefontaine, and in this quote it explains that humans can enjoy and appreciate running with there minds and feeling, unlike animals. “I’m moved by others dreams and by their devotion and courage in the pursuit of excellence. I get choked up when I see a kid or anyone else, fighting against hopeless odds. Someone who goes out there to run the lonely roads with a dream in the heart, a gleam in the eye, and a goal in mind.”(74) Then, later on the author concludes that completing a race is not about having a fit and healthy body, but a dream, an “antelope”, or a goal in mind. To back that up, is the mental courage to fight for your dream, your
In the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, young Louie Zamperini is the troublemaker of Torrance, California. After his life had taken a mischievous turn, his older brother, Pete, managed to convert his love of running away, into a passion for running on the track. At first, Louie’s old habit of smoking gets the best of him, and it is very hard for him to compare to the other track athletes. After a few months of training, coached by Pete, Louie begins to break high school records, and became the fastest high school miler in 1934. After much more hard work, goes to the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936 but is no match for the Finnish runners. He trains hard for the next Olympic Games, and hopes to beat the four minute