Since I was a little girl, my father had raised me to be a strong-headed, persevering young woman. He always used to tell me that resilience is the key to life. If I could overcome an obstacle or recover from a strong blow, I could do anything. As I was coping with his death, I thought back to all the lessons he had taught me growing up. It was at that moment that I realized what the purpose of my father’s death was.
M'lynn showed how she loved her daughter unconditionally in two ways; first, M'lynn risked her own life to help save Shelby's, and second she stayed by Shelby's side when no one else would. M'lynn risked her own life when she decided that she would give up her kidney for Shelby, “But I'm lucky. I don't have to wait anymore. Mama's going to give me one of her kidneys” (58). M'lynn showed how much she loved her daughter and wanted to save her even if it meant dangerous surgery.“[Shelby] They basically have to saw her in half to get the kidney.
Throughout the book both moms are constantly sacrificing to make their children’s life better. The characters of Nana and Mariam show the archetype of a mother by sacrificing to make their children’s life better. Towards the beginning of the book Nana describes Mariam’s birth to Mariam and mentions, “ I cut the chord between us myself. That’s why I had a knife.”(11). As Nana mentioned she sacrificed throughout her pregnancy though the pain and separated the umbilical chord herself because she wanted her child to have the best chance that she could.
And if you had only a certain percentage of yourself left, are you still you? In the novel “The Adoration of Jenna Fox” by Mary E. Pearson it is a story of how far parents will go to save their only child, and of how far a child will go to become her own person. Jenna Fox is loved by her family, but their adoration goes too far when they scientifically modify her after an accident to save her life, to the point she is barely human. Jenna struggles to discover who she really is. In this novel, the most important choice was to keep Jenna alive, which was made by Jenna’s parents because this affected many people around Jenna, had an impact on Jenna and her future, and her parents made this decision out of adoration.
The child is missing out on one of the basic human rights. As humans we are all granted the opportunity to come into the world into a family, and when one of the family members is missing it is extremely difficult to overcome that sense of loss. The example all families are given to live by and strive to be like is the Holy Family. The Holy Family is the perfect example of a family, because it is the ultimate example of love. Joseph sacrificed his life in order to father Jesus, and Mary gave up her only son, whom she loved very much, to save our very lives.
Family and Friendship are the two things that define who we are. These two things are what we belong to and they help create our identity. In Beloved and A Prayer for Owen Meany this is evident because our main characters are who they are because of the loved ones surrounding them. We see it with Sethe and the amount of love she has for her family that is so strong that she is willing to kill her own kids. We also see it with John Wheelwright and how the death of his mother at the hands of his best friend Owen has affected him but also changed him for the better because he has Owen by his side who will never let anything bad happen to him.
Every parent in this world loves their children more than anything. Even the children can’t stay away from their parents for so long. Nothing in this world could be more precious than the love of a parent has for his/her children. Our parents are always with us no matter what happens. Often in life we make mistakes, but our parents give us supports and teach us to learn from those mistakes and move on with our lives.
When Malala Yousafzai speaks the world listens. She couldn’t have reached such a position without the encouragement of her father, her remarkable intelligence and her ability to overcome obstacles. True success lies in the satisfaction of knowing you made the effort to become the best version of yourself( Wooden,34). Malala Yousafzai is the product of extreme circumstances, but it is her choice to speak out when others were silent that has made her who she is today. Her conviction to her mission to achieve universal education is what inspires me.
Lucie had to go through great lengths to create a bond with her father and to make sure it stayed strong. In the beginning of the book Lucie devotes herself to trying to cure her father’s insanity. She focuses on him wholeheartedly, sacrificing any personal desires she may have had. She makes a promise to Dr. Manette saying that if “…I hint to you of a home there is before us, I will be true to you with all my duty” (46). Lucie’s endless dedication to her father is an example of how one person’s sacrifice can inspire life in another.
In the novel All Over but the Shoutin’ Rick Bragg shows the love and devotion of what every mother should have through his mother. The only woman that Bragg truly cares for and takes time out of his day is for his mother Margaret Marie. Bragg tries to do the best for his mother and tries his best to make her proud of him. Bragg learned early in life that his mother strived to give her children everything possible. For Mrs. Bragg her children are the reason she wakes up everyday and tries to make a better life for them.