Grade 11 Short Story Analysis

Grade 11 Short Story Analysis

  • Submitted By: leahw1599
  • Date Submitted: 12/03/2015 12:10 PM
  • Category: English
  • Words: 1866
  • Page: 8

A Thousand Splendid Suns

The Ability to Overcome Tragedy

“Through the last 17 months, I have had to teach myself to wake up and hope. Tragedy does not have to be the loss of hope. When I could not hope in the beginning, those around me hoped for me, fought for me. Eventually, I began to believe in hope again. Although you cannot fix what has happened to the people in Boston, you can wake up with hope in your heart. Wake up with hope for them. Hope for peace. Hope for healing.”

Similar to how the characters in the story get over tragedy, the most important coping mechanism is simply just having hope in rough times. You need to know and hope for the “light at the end of the tunnel” to reveal itself and guide you through. This relates to my big idea

“Whether we like it or not, adversity is part of life. Overcoming adversity is one of the biggest hurdles we face.”

This relates to my big idea by proving the only way we can get over certain levels of tragedy, is by facing it head on and allowing you to accept it. In many cases tragedy is unavoidable so by accepting it as our biggest hurdle and facing it, it can help us move forward.

“The process of grieving a loss or tragedy simply requires you to put one foot in front of the other and building the right bridge for you to get you back to a new comfort zone so you can create the future you want.”

Overcoming tragedy requires you to constantly be moving forward, to never dwell on the past. Tragedy shouldn’t consume you but be recognized as a part of your past. Once that is achieved, overcoming tragedy is possible.

“Blame follows tragedy like a dog follows its master. When a business fails or a relationship ends, the first thing we do is assign the blame. And blame doesn't just come from others. We get plenty of it from ourselves.”

Along with dealing with tragedy, many other things accompany tragedy such as blame. We often look to other people or ourselves to force blame onto whatever...

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