A Comparison OfHomeless On Campus And Defying The Odds

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Through Struggle Comes Success

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.” I plan to compare the essays “Homeless on Campus” by Eleanor J. Bader and “Defying the Odds: Victor Cruz” by Bill Pennington. The essay “Homeless on Campus” conveys the message that anything can be done through hard work even when the odds are against you. The essays are about a 20 year old college student Aesha who went from living with her parents and her boyfriend until she and her child moved out to protect to her child from his abusive father. She lived in housing units and on the streets while being a single mother and raising a child and shows that any obstacles can be overcome with dedication. The story of Victor Cruz is quite different and has a different obstacle to overcome. Victor Cruz grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, growing up in a harsh neighborhood with gangs, drugs, and murder everywhere. The essays “Homeless on Campus” and Defying the Odds: Victor Cruz” are similar and different as they use connotative diction, pathos, and experience to convey the message of overcoming struggle.

Though Victor Cruz and Aiesha have different experiences of struggle, they both overcome the this to succeed through college. Both Victor Cruz and Aeisha have different experiences in their lives but both had to overcome their own types of struggle to succeed. For example, in

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