The Arduous Road To Redemption By Johnny Tremain Analysis

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The Arduous Road to Redemption A father smiling down at his son; a teacher learning from his pupil; a soldier gazing up to his country’s flag. Or a woman masking her face with makeup; a man boasting endlessly of a talent; a child cruelly mocking another child. All textbook examples of pride. Nevertheless, the first trio is of outward pride—pride not of one’s accomplishment, but those of someone or something else. The second trio consists of an inner pride—vain, conceited, and egotistical. As Jane Austen said, “A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.” Although “pride goeth before the fall”, it has the capacity to be healthy if it is outward or relating to our—not society’s—view of ourselves. In Johnny Tremain, the protagonist, Johnny, suffers from egotism and a pretensive, deceptive superiority. Nonetheless, Johnny Tremain transforms from being explosive and destructive—from his self-centeredness and arrogance—to controlling those emotions. Johnny was led through a series of trials, which ultimately freed him from conceit and bound him to honorable pride for his country and its ideology. The three predominant stages that transformed him are his hand, his cup, and his friend, Rab. Johnny Tremain considered himself as the best silversmith apprentice, whose prowess for silversmithing stretched beyond ordinary measures. In a household with two other apprentices, he bragged and boasted of his prominence and forced the other apprentices to perform inferior tasks to his own. However, one day, he decided to do the unspeakable: work on the Sabbath. By the act of God—or rather just a prank gone wrong—a crucible’s worth of molten silver swallowed his hand and glued his thumb to his forefinger. Without the dexterity of a hand, he had been forced to descend to a level below a serf. This shame precipitated his self-pity—another guise of pride. Nevertheless, it did remove his pride of being a silversmith—leaving him with an unknown identity. Before, he only knew himself for his ability to make a sugar basin or fix a bridle—his defect tore that away from him. Instead, all he could do was rethink his future and replace his

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