A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines Essays

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“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, and pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” – Kevyn Aucoin.

Hello, my name is Maria Doe and I will be talking about a frequently asked question, as there isn’t a specific answer to it. What does it mean to be human? It seems like a really easy question, but its not. The definition I found for human is “A man, woman, or child of the species Homo-sapiens, distinguished from other animals by superior mental development, power of articulate speech, and upright stance” but our meanings don’t have to sound so confusing, since we all can have our own meaning of “Being human.”

We can either live our life to the fullest by doing well in school, and becoming what we want to become and earn money, and having fun. Or we can choose to always be sad and not have fun, and live a boring life. I think being human means a lot of things, but to me it basically means learning from your mistakes, living your like to the fullest, enjoying yourself but at the same time paying attention to your family, studies, and friends. This year we read a novel called “A Lesson Before Dying”, and in it there was a character called Jefferson, and he didn’t know that his life could change so much in just a day. All he did wrong was that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. So, that…