The Theme Of Persistence In Where The Red Fern Grows

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The great physician George Sheehan once said, “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” Sheehan meant in this quote that you can do anything if you are willing to use your willpower and energy to do so. This leads to the theme shown in Where the Red Fern Grows by Mr.Rawls. In the development of the book Where the Red Fern Grows the main theme persistence will lead to your own success is shown strongly throughout. To demonstrate the means of how Rawls showed the previously stated theme we shall start from the beginning. Persistence can be seen through the use of time with determination and purpose. “A year passed. I was twelve. I was over the halfway …show more content…

Billy was loyal, he was loyal to his idea of having two dogs at the start of this tale and now he’s being loyal to listen to his promise with his dogs. He’s making sure that he does what he says. In this way he is always doing his best or as the theme suggests being persistent to following through with his word. Even though his arms and back felt horrible he kept going and even with the questioning of his father he didn’t back down. This ties into persistence because persistence means the following of a man’s(or woman) thoughts or ideas. Billy felt that he must complete the chopping of the tree even though his dad told him time and time again. He knew that he had to persist his way through. This is yet only one of the many times Rawls shows the true theme of this book. Subsequently, the theme is shown again as the story continues on. Here Grandpa shows his determination to getting Billy in a hunting contest.. “ ‘Billy,’ he said, ‘it takes some doing to have a set of dogs entered in this hunt. I’ve been working on this for months. I’ve written letters on top of letters. I’ve even had several good friends in town helping me. You see, I’ve kept a record of all the coons your dogs have caught, and believe me, their catch is up there with the best of them’ “ (Rawls 157). In this example, Rawls proves not just the main character, Billy, but Grandpa also shows persistence through hard work, showing

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