The Road to Perseverance

Overcoming Adversities by Xansa Patri

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16-year-old Miranda has a normal life in Pennsylvania living with her mother and brothers Jon and Matt. Her biggest worries are about her grades and about becoming godmother to her soon to be born half-sibling. Miranda is very COMPLACENT towards the situations that she faces. Soon, the news becomes focused on one subject: an asteroid predicted to hit the moon. The moon has been pushed closer to the Earth by the effect which has caused the change in tides, gloomy weather, lack of food and supplies. Resulted, Miranda's life is shattered, and so is the whole of society on Earth. Tsunamis and earthquakes destroy the coasts of many countries, causing millions of people to die instantly. Miranda and her family are forced to VENTURE out on a shopping spree before all the food runs out. Miranda's older brother Matt comes home from college to be with his family. As they are inland, they are safe from tsunamis, but as the summer goes on, another threat comes up: volcanoes, which cover the sky in ash and make it impossible for food to be grown. As things become harsher for the family, they start eating less and less to conserve food. It also becomes apparent that Laura is going without food and making other sacrifices for Jon, who she believes to be the strongest children, and has a bigger chance to survive. This is often a the issue that causes conflict between Miranda and her mother.


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Nadja, the talented violinist faced many problems before becoming into what she is now. First, one of her many accomplishments was she made it into Julliard. Next, one of her challenges was to be as good as the others she tried a lot but she was told multiple times that she wasn't as good as the others. Resulting, she stopped playing the violin for 7 months because she was OVERWHELMED with hate. Soon after, she gained courage and confidence and she set her mind in entering a violin competition. After much practicing and hard work she ended up winning the competition. Nadjas story was an example of the quote "you haven't lost until you've given up" she may have stopped playing the violin but that doesn't mean she YIELDED on achieving her dreams.
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Born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar India, he faced many ADVERSITIES before being accepted as what we know him as today. For instance, Gandhi's early schooling was in a nearby city of Rajkot, where his father served as the adviser to the local ruler. India was then under British rule. At the age of thirteen, the young Gandhi was married to Kasturba who was almost the same age as him. In the September of 1888, Gandhi set sail for England to pursue a degree in law. He stayed in London for three years, spending a simple and yet to become difficult lifestyle. Gandhi arrived in Durban, Natal in 1893 to serve to a merchant named Dada Abdulla. He was asked by his mentor to undertake a railway trip to Pretoria. On his trip Gandhi was seated in the first class compartment, he was demanded by a white railway official to remove himself to the compartment, since 'coolies' (a racist term for Indians) and non-whites were not permitted in first-class compartments. Gandhi refused to agree with the order and he was then pushed out of the train and his luggage was tossed out on the platform. After this incident of his he did many campaigns and gave many speeches about equal rights and non violence and due to his campaigns laws were passed for the equal rights of Indians in South Africa. By 1896, Gandhi had established him self as a political leader in South Africa.

As part of his nonviolent campaign , Gandhi stressed the importance of independence for India. In 1931, after British authorities made some compromises, Gandhi again called off a movement and agreed to represent the Congress Party at the Round Table Conference in London. Meanwhile, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, a leading voice for India’s Muslim minority–grew angry with Gandhi’s methods. Arrested by his newly aggressive government, Gandhi began a series of hunger strikes in protest of the treatment of India’s so-called “untouchables” (the poorer classes). In 1934, Gandhi announced his retirement from politics in and the Congress Party, in order to concentrate on working within his community. Drawn back into the politics by the outbreak of World War II, Gandhi demanded a British ban from India in return for Indian cooperation with the war effort which was denied by the British. After the Labor Party took control in Britain in 1947, Britain granted India its independence but split the country into two parts: India and Pakistan. Gandhi strongly disliked that, but he agreed to it in hopes that after independence Hindus and Muslims could achieve peace.

In January 1948, Gandhi carried out yet another fast, this time to bring about peace in the city of Delhi. On January 30, 12 days after that fast ended, Gandhi was on his way to an evening prayer meeting in Delhi when he was shot to death by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu fanatic enraged by Mahatma’s efforts to negotiate with Jinnah and other Muslims. The next day, roughly 1 million people followed the procession as Gandhi’s body was carried in state through the streets of the city and cremated on the banks of the holy Jamuna River. Today he is remembered for his TRIUMPH over the British and gaining India its independence.

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