What Football Taught Me And Suicide 's Forgotten Victims

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No matter the circumstance, people will always be able to learn something to improve their lifestyle. It might be dire and serious, or light-hearted and fun. Whatever the case, the experience people gain from that situation is what aids to develop their persona. In “What Football Taught Me” by Donald Murray and “Suicide’s Forgotten Victims” by Lisa Keiski, both writers learn life lessons from their experiences. Despite emotional and physical exhaustion, Murray and Keiski learned life lessons through society, authority figures, and self-awareness. Murray learned about society through football. Murray states, “THE ROMANCE IS FOR THE AUDIENCE. No matter how well we played, the locker room smelled like, well, a locker room” (368). Murray…show more content…
They condemned her as if it were entirely her fault; however, no one should be condemned. It’s not their fault. People who had someone try and commit suicide need assistance through their time of hardship. The person experiencing these feelings suffered enough; instead, we as a society should help them recover. Keiski learned this life lesson when society condemned her for her friend’s attempt at suicide. While society played a major role in Murray’s life lessons, authority figures played a more prominent role in his acquisition of life knowledge. Murray recalls, “I imagine—no, I know—that when the coach barks, ‘Murray, Go in at right tackle,’ I could do it” (365). Murray had no confidence in his abilities to play football. However, with the help of his coach, he knew he could attempt anything. With the help of someone with power, authority, and experience, he knew that anything was possible. The aid and boost in confidence helped improve his faith in his abilities. The long dash after “I know,” adds a brief moment of reflection. He at first believed he lacked the abilities to complete such an action, however, through motivation, he improved and his confidence grew. The phrase itself, isn’t an interrogative sentence or an exclamation, it was an imperative sentence; the coach’s confidence and authority aided Murray’s assurance in his abilities. Through an expert, Murray matured. Analogous to Murray, Keiski’s acquisition of life knowledge was aided by the

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