Essay on Hardships on Cold Mountain

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Hardships on Cold Mountain

The events one goes through in his or her life often shapes the person he or she becomes. The challenges faced early in life work to strengthen one’s personality and enable them to live and flourish. In the novel Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier the reader learns about the many obstacles Ruby has had to face while growing up. These hardships added to the person that she became and made her strong enough to face the obstacles that come later in life. In being faced with many obstacles in life Ruby was able to learn from them, become a stronger person and therefore survive.

Because of her lack of love and parenting, Ruby was forced to mature and learn how to survive at unimaginably
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Without the presence of her father most of the time Ruby had to learn to survive on her own. While Stobrod would leave her for day or weeks at a times Ruby had to “foraged for wild food. Grubbed for roots, caught fish on traps she twisted together out of willow boughs.” Ruby was forced too mature quickly in order to survive with these problems. Other than the lack of a father Ruby also had to overcome external hardships, living in conditions less than adequate: “They lived in a dirt cabin, little better than a roofed pen. She had slept on a kind of miniature loft platform, just a shelf, really. Ruby awoke many a morning with an inch of snow atop her pile of quilts, because there was no ceiling.” (Pg. 105) It is apparent that Ruby was not given the life of luxury that Ada had, and was put in a situation where she either had to learn to live, or die.

Ruby used these hardships in her early life to succeed later on. The survival skills Ruby was forced to learn as a child to survive, helped support her and Ada while staying with Ada. When Ruby first meets Ada, she realizes that Ada is in the same situation she was as a child. Ada is alone in the world, and does not even have the drive the Ruby had to survive. Ruby uses the knowledge she has gained through her life to teach Ada what she needs to know to survive and flourish. Although Ruby could just as easily have done the work and let Ada be she goes out
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