Overcoming Adversity

Infographic By: Tanvi Walkay

The Maze Runner

Thomas faced many adversities in his life as a Glader in the Maze. When Thomas risked his life to save Alby and Minho in the Maze, he was left alone with an unconscious Alby, and had to fend for himself against the gruesome monsters the Gladers had named Grievers. “He couldn’t leave a friend to die. Even someone as cranky as Alby. He reached down and grabbed both of Alby’s arms, then squatted into a sitting position and wrapped the arms around his neck from behind. He pulled the lifeless body onto his back and pushed with his legs, grunting with the effort.” (Dashner pg. 120). His adversity was trying to keep Alby and himself safe from the vicious creatures in a short amount of time. Using his quick mind and determination, Thomas managed to secure Alby up on the Maze walls using the dark virescent ivy to tie him up. In order for Alby to remain safe, Thomas led the Griever away from his hiding spot by running away. Thomas created his adversity for himself, he chose to run into the Maze and help his friends. By risking his life, he saved his friends’ lives along with his own.

(Select a person who faced adversity and explain the outcome of the adversity.)

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Winston Churchill's "Never Give In" Speech

Winston Churchill was a very resilient man. He didn’t give in to the harsh words or anything that would weigh him down. His road to perseverance was continued in the hearts of the people of Britain and will continue to do so. He showed his people that they should never hang their head down no matter how hard the rain is pouring down on you. “We stood all alone a year ago, and to many countries it seemed that our country was closed, we were finished. All this tradition of ours, our songs, our School History, this part of the history of this country, were gone and finished and liquidated.” (Churchill). Churchill persevered by always believing that his country would fight through. He gave that hope and perseverance to the people of his country so they would keep breaking their way through the adversities that fell in their paths.

(Select a person and describe their road to perseverance.)

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Unbroken

Louie Zamperini’s life was during World War II. This time period caused him many adversities in which he had to persevere through. He was a prisoner of war for Japan where he was tormented each day. He believed that he was unbreakable, no one could break him down. By holding on to those words, he survived the POW camps and beatings. “Confident that he was clever, resourceful, and bold enough to escape any predicament, he was almost incapable of discouragement. When history carried him into war, this resilient optimism would define him.” (Hillenbrand Ch. 1 para. 22). The time period that Louie was in caused him to be separated from his family and caused him to suffer at the beatings of the Japanese officers. While he was surviving in the cruel camps, he inspired his fellow officers and captives to keep holding on. By watching him deal with the obstacles that blocked him, they held on to the string that was supporting them a little tighter.

(Write about the time period and the causes and effect it had on the adversity the person faced.)

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Work Cited

Dashner, James. The Maze Runner. New York: Delacorte P., 2009. Print.


Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. New York: Random House, 2010. Print.


Churchill, Winton. "Never Give in." Harrow School. 1941. Speech.