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In the age of thirteen, I used to dream that I was going to have one of these lives in the future and I can become someone like LeBron James. But what should have been a wonderful dream was turned into a personal fear and disaster of losing a friend and classmate, Just after my teacher asked one of my classmates and my friends that what do you want from god to give you as a Christmas present, and my friend answered: nothing because he had everything that a young boy dreams to have: a big house, lot of money, sport cars and expensive toys. He was from a rich family and his parents did not care of what he was doing or where he was, they just gave him as much money as he wanted to do anything he wanted. He was someone really famous in our school and people wished to have a life like him. But this dream did not last so long after we found out that he is not in school for a week.
Our teacher said as he was going to read the prayer in the morning: let?s pray for John as he is having some hard time in the hospital right now. Every single person in our class was shocked because of John. No body could believe that such an amazing life can turn
to a disaster. John, the happiest person on the earth, who said that he does not need anything in his life got in trouble with a deadly disease which could cause death in few months, he got in trouble with blood cancer in his early life and doctors told his parents that he was not going to survive more than 2 months.
I imagined the time that John told our teacher that he does not need anything and he is the happiest man on the earth which was kind of right by that time, just like Magic Johnson when he was talking to media about his life.
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Purpose: To make teenagers/people understand their true needs from god. Teens need to pray to god and thank him because of their health so they will be able to succeed and get to the stage that they want.
Audience: Teens who do not think about god and do not pray to god. Teens who think that they do not need anything from god if they have money and they are just fine without praying and even thinking about him.
- Some allusions were used in the essay referring to the NBA stars Magic Johnson and LeBron James and the wealthiest man on the earth which is Bill Gates.
- An analogy was used to make the reader understand more clearly about the topic and what the writer is trying to say. The analogy of the similarities between a tennis ball and our lives which was written in the last paragraph.
- The narrator voice which was my self telling the story and talking about the topic throughout the essay. And the essay is based on first person point of view.
- An opening paragraph (Introduction) technique was used: using a question to start off along with a good title that grab the attention of the reader at the beginning and make the reader think about the topic before reading the essay.