Perseverance In Society

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“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it” (Maya Angelou). In all the nonfiction books read in class perseverance is the main concept in each story. The dictionary defines perseverance as “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition : the action or condition or an instance of persevering”. In terms of usage, perseverance is a noun. Common synonyms for perseverance include “persistence” and “steadfastness”. The antonyms of perseverance are giving up and not trying. This is important because perseverance is having to keep trying and never…show more content…
Everyday Melba was taunted, spit on, yelled at, and had her heels walked on but persevered through it all and never gave up. Malala Yousafzai persevered everyday to try to get an equal education. Malala never gave up trying to get an equal education and wanted to be treated no different because she was a girl. Coach Thomas known as Ed demonstrated perseverance towards his family, friends, and his AP football team. Ed always pushed the boys to their best ability and never treated anyone negatively. He not only was a coach, he was a role model, inspiration, and a leader for the entire community. Each individual wanted to make an impact on everyone 's life. Nonfiction literature represents the understanding of perseverance and connects to influencing readers by doing anything, no matter the difficulty of achieving a certain goal and connects an individual with behavioral traits and feelings they have.
Melba Pattillo Beals in Warriors Don’t Cry demonstrates how she never gave up and looked at all the positives. Nine students including, Melba immigrated a school system, but did not get treated well. When the nine students wanted to give up, they instead did not let anyone stop them and kept going back to school. “A large crowd of jeering, pencil-throwing students hovered around us menacingly. We had no choice but to go forward”(162). Perseverance is the author’s purpose because this demonstrates how the nine students never gave up even as they went through
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