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Passion And Courage

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It's hard to be alone. It's hard to know that you're doing the right thing when no one else is with you. I think that if we all found something we are passionate enough about the way Mark is passionate about religion, we would all be very happy, even though Mark's no mistake policy is pretty cruel to himself and others. Passion and Courage go hand in hand in a way not much else does. When your are truly passionate about something or someone you would stand up for it no matter the circumstances or public opinion. Having courage is one of the most important qualities that someone could possibly have. In history, there are two types of people, the people who showcased lots of courage and the people who were not famous. Think about it, people…show more content…
Most people would've cracked in the face of two big adults standing at the other side of the desk telling you how wrong you were. When he was in Mautz's office, he never backed down for a second. Someone with the courage to never stop believing in themselves is someone who can't go unnoticed. The way in which Ellerby chose to handle the confrontation was extremely mature. He knew it was not his fault for Mark's decision and he never let Mr. Mautz intimidate him. Nobody in the book was as calm under pressure as him, and a lot of people were put under fire by adults in the book. Ellerby is a hero for the superhuman way he negotiated with Mautz. He refused to let Mautz tell him he was wrong and defended him and Eric at all costs. It was a David vs Goliath situation at that table, and it's safe to say he took the beast down. Teachers could refer back to this situation in this book because he did the mature thing to do by calling in an adult. He knew there was no way he could fully get out of trouble by himself. Mautz just didn't have that type of respect to him, so he pulled the "phone a friend card" and called his dad, who is a paid speaker who knows how to resolve conflicts. "'Dad? Hi, this is Steve. Look, could you come over to the school? I'm in a bunch of trouble and if I were these people I'd want you in on it. No, right now if you can...
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