“I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeeded,” is the quote that I choose to open up my This I Believe essay and now I have branched that out into a digital story. My digital story has the songs “Cinema” and “Gotta Have It” and it is about the struggles that Lebron James had to endure in order to get his championship ring. The theme of my digital story and essay is, in retrospect, failure is success. The style of my essay and digital story is anecdotal. The combination of the theme and style in my essay and digital story is what helps incorporate the “So What?”
First, already know that the theme of my essay and digital story is, in retrospect, failure is success but now I have to show you how it shown in my pieces. The theme is shown in my essay by the sentence, “The only way to learn how to ride a bike is to fail multiple times and to learn from your mistakes.” This quote from my essay depicts how the them is shown in it by giving and anecdotal explanation on how no matter how many times you might fail, the information that you gather will help you out in the end. The theme is shown in my digital story from the several pictures of Lebron James training after he lost the NBA finals in 2011 and which lead to winning the finals in 2012 because he learned from his mistakes/ failure and he succeeded.
Next, you already know that the theme of my essay and digital story is anecdotal but now I have to show you it is shown in my pieces. A quote from my This I Believe essay that helps prove my style is, “When I experiences this moment in the second grade, I felt like I could run away and ride my bicycle across the country.” This is a very personal feeling that I once experienced and that is why my essay is anecdotal. A lyric from my digital story that helps prove my style is, “I got what you need, what, what you need. I got what you need.” This lyric and picture of Lebron James holding his championship trophy go hand in hand at explaining why he wanted his ring so very badly.
In conclusion, the theme that shows up in the essay and digital story is that in retrospect, failure is success is important/ significant because without it, successors would be the type of people that we know them to be today. Also, the style of the two pieces is important because sometimes the reader/ viewer needs a personal connection or anecdote, to understand what the author is trying to send out as his message.
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