This Is My Essay

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Leah McMunn M1
Ms. Rai
ENG1D1 – 09
29 April 2011

An Eventful Journey of Living on the Streets

Character traits shape the people we all are. For example, they help us face our fears through courage; they show us right from wrong through responsibility; and they show us who to believe in tough decisions through trust. Dana, the protagonist from Eric Walters’ Sketches, has a tough time learning how to show her traits. However, as a child on the streets Dana fights through many tough obstacles that enable her to become an optimistic, courageous and trusting individual.

After running away from her family Dana is very pessimistic about anything getting better, but throughout all of her tests and trials, she becomes
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< “My name is on the card. I’m Robert Erickson. Who are you?” I didn’t answer. That was none of his business (35).’ > Dana refuses to tell Robert her name because she doesn’t trust him. Not telling Robert her name takes away from her opportunity to go to Sketches and paint. Nevertheless when Dana is talking to Nicki she learns that her sister could be in trouble and trusts Nicki to help save her sister, < “Dana, do you trust me?” Nicki asked. “I guess (217).” > even though Dana only gives it partial expectations. When M3
Nicki asks if Dana believes in her, it is a big step for Dana to allow Nicki, a person she met only a few weeks earlier, to save her sister from going through the abuse she went through as a younger child. Nicki is able to save Dana’s sister and helps Dana learn to trust her mother and sister again. In conclusion Dana becomes a trusting individual when she learns her sister is in trouble and opens up to let Nicki help.

Courage is a quality that is learned, not a quality a person is born with. Dana is afraid of facing her fears but after the reward she becomes courageous and faces her fears. Dana admits she is scared to a total stranger when she is begging for money. < “I am a little scared.” I said, trying to sound convincing. That wasn’t much of an act. There had been few times since I’d left home that I wasn’t at least a little scared (7).’ > Dana
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