A World of Perseverance

By Brian Benforado


Perseverance is being resilient in the face of adversity and trying to do as much as possible no matter what happens. Every famous person, living or dead, has persevered through adversity to become where they are today. Eleanor Roosevelt would never have made all the positive changes that she made during her political career. Winston Churchill would have never been a speaker or Prime Minister if he had not persevered. The world would be nowhere without perseverance.

Cause and Effect - Jackie Robinson

In the 1940's there was racial separation in major league baseball. Branch Rickey set out to change that. Rickey scouted many African-American baseball players, and finally chose Jackie Robinson. Robinson was the first African-American player in major league baseball. Robinson opened the racial border for major league baseball. Many racist fans, and some players, would taunt him, or harass him with racial slurs. Pitchers would throw balls at his head. Robinson however, did not react to these insults and attacks. Robinson kept his cool the entire time he played major league baseball. Thanks to Robinson, major league baseball became much more accepting to African-American players, because Robinson showed them that African-Americans could play in the major league without becoming violent or causing any kinds of issues.

Chronological Order - Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11th, 1884. Ever since birth, she was noted for being unattractive. People called her ugly, even her mother. When Eleanor was a girl, she was lonely and sad most of the time. There wasn't much she could do about it. When Eleanor was eight, her mother died. Afterward her brother Elliot died as well. Eleanor and her baby brother, Hall, were taken to live with their grandmother in Manhattan. A few months later, Eleanor's father had died. Three of her family members had died within eighteen months.

Just before Eleanor turned fifteen, her grandmother sent her to a boarding school in England. At this boarding school, Eleanor worked hard to toughen herself physically. Every morning she would take a cold shower and do exercises. To prove to herself that she had self discipline, she tried out for field hockey. Not only did she make the team, but she also won the respect of her teammates. Making the field hockey team was one of Eleanor's greatest triumphs she made while she attended boarding school. Eleanor had made friends in the boarding school, and they showed her affection by doing things such as putting books and flowers in her room. When Eleanor was almost eighteen she left the boarding school.

After she left, her grandmother controlled Eleanor's life. She insisted that she be introduced to society. Eleanor began going to parties and and dances. Eleanor's worries about her looks came back to her. She became very worried about her appearance. Eleanor began going to the gym to teach gymnastics. She visited poor children and took children to museums and musical performances. Then there was a turning point in Eleanor's life. She was in love with her fifth cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Eleanor and Franklin got married in 1905. Franklin's mother became very controlling of the two, doing things such as picking where they lived and how the children would be disciplined. In 1921 Franklin fell ill with polio and was crippled from the waist down. Eleanor had changed. She had gotten involved in politics herself. Eleanor made fund-raising speeches for the Democratic Party, helped the League of Women's Voters, helped the Consumer's League, and the Foreign Policy Association. Eleanor fought against racial and religious prejudice. She got an African-American singer, Marian Anderson, to perform in front of the Lincoln Memorial. When she entered a hallway that was separated by color, she made a point to sit with the African-Americans. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Eleanor helped the Red Cross by raising money. She gave blood, sold war bonds, and visited military hospitals and barracks to boost the morale of the soldiers. On April 12, 1945, Eleanor got a phone call. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was dead.

After Franklin's death, Eleanor found new strengths within herself. She tried her hardest not to drop out of the public's eye. She became a delegate for the United Nations, and gave refugees the right not to return to their native lands if they did not want to. Eleanor helped draft the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Even after Eleanor stopped working for the United Nations, she continued to travel to many different countries. She met many people there who were eager to greet her. She was thought by many to be an eloquent speaker. Eleanor continued to write her newspaper column and appeared on television until she died in 1962, and age seventy-eight.

Problem and Solution - "The Giver" by Lois Lowry

"The Giver" by Lois Lowry, is a book about a boy named Jonas who lives in an environment called "The Community". In "The Community" there is no color, no pain, and no memories of the past. Jonas is chosen to be the new "Receiver", who is a person who stores the memories, pain, and color in their mind. Jonas does not want to be part of "The Community" because a baby that he is taking care of, Gabe, is about to be "released". The term "released" means to kill. Jonas steals a bike, and he runs off in the middle of the night with Gabe. There are searches for them, and they are almost overwhelmed a few times, but in the end they escape from "The Community" for good.

Description - Winston Churchill

In 1929 Winston Churchill was forced out of politics. Churchill was isolated, opposing Indian independence. By 1939 Churchill had been out of politics for ten years. To him at the time, his career seemed over. In 1939 Churchill was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty. Churchill opposed British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. In May of 1940, debate in Parliament about Norway being invaded led to a vote against Prime Minister Chamberlain. On May 10, Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of Britain.

Everyone can learn from Winston Churchill, that no matter how hard the times may seem, there is a way to overcome adversity. Churchill was out of politics for ten years, yet became Prime Minister of Britain. There is no way to accomplish anything meaningful without facing adversity, and nobody would never accomplish anything without perseverance.