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“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson Analysis
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“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a unique, twisted short story that describes a town’s lottery tradition that appears to be a fun, happy tradition, but it is the contrary. All the town members gather for the lottery, a ritualistic ceremony where one person becomes the “winner” by drawing pieces of paper from an old, black box. This “winner” is then put onto a platform and everyone throws rocks at this person until he or she dies. This year, Tessie…...
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Irony in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
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The use of irony in this passage is quite funny because the name of the passage is “The Lottery” and that would make most of us think sense that story is about the draft. Threw-out the story the irony keeped the readers intrigued. The story is about a small village or town and one of the ways they try to keep the population down is by stoning someone once a year as annual type of selection process that's been around…...
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Symbolism in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
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In Shirley Jackson's short story “The Lottery” symbolism play a big part to keep you engaging and curious throughout the story about what's going to happen next in the story. In Shirley Jackson's short story “The Lottery, ”symbolism plays a big part to keep you engaging and curious throughout the story about what's going to happen next in the story. The title of this short story sounds so positive, and it might mislead a lot of readers to think that…...
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Review of “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a short story was written in 1948 takes place in a village square of a town on June 27th. She helps raise attention to the engrained evil and random inherent brutality, the book takes the classic theme of man's inhumanity to man. The major theme under discussion is a capitalist society masquerading as an egalitarian one. There is a clear indication of a favored gender that holds a higher status in this society however,…...
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An Analysis of “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
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I will be analyzing the point of view and conflicts of Tessie Hutchinson and Bill Hutchinson from “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. In the story, a drawing takes place on the 27th of June every year and the townsfolk gather in the middle of town around ten in the morning. Tessie is late and after a quick hello to one of her friends, she joins her husband Bill and the drawing begins. Every head of the household goes up to…...
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“The Lottery”: Unfair Fate to the One Who Draws 
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A society brainwashed in its traditions. Having lost the ability to recognize the traditions for what they are. The community follows their traditions blindly. Even when the traditions hurt their own citizens. In this paper, I will argue the symbolism of this treacherous event. The event where a marked paper is pulled by a person with an unfair fate. The story is started out like any normal story. We are lead to believe the children are happy and the community…...
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“The Lottery” Comparative Analysis Essay
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Killing is a concept that goes back to the beginning of time, continues today and will always be. For thousands of years, senseless killings have plagued the earth and destroyed countless lives. It is showed in our literature and in our movies and sadly, in our everyday lives. All you need to do is read or watch the news on any given day and you will see it. In the story “The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson, the townspeople gather one…...
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The Allegorical Meanings of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”
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A small town is holding a lottery to fulfill the annual and ritualistic mass-engendered killing of a townsperson. This is the pure genius of Shirley Jackson. She authored about six novels and 200 short stories. Like many of her other short stories, this controversial piece was published in the New Yorker Magazine, in 1948, shortly after the end of World War II (from 1939-1945). She tackles sore political issues post-war by putting twists in what starts like a very folksy…...
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Short Story Analysis of “The Lottery” 
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Tradition is very necessary because it introduce our own culture. It is a strong believe what we would like to maintain and would like to follow in our society. Each and every society would  like to follow some of their cultural rituals. According to the short stories, “the lottery” by  Shirley Jackson describes in her stories, how rituals affect whole village and can cause of  loosing people life. In the stories, villagers believe following rituals is more important than their own life. However,…...
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“The Lottery” Through a Different Lens
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If one takes any occurrence and tries to make sense of it, there is always a philosophical theory to rationalize with it. Philosophy is all about different theories used to describe the nature of human thoughts, the nature of the universe and the correlation between the two. Regardless of what time period it is, the generation, or the situation at hand, there is always a logical explanation as to why every event takes place. Humans make decisions about every aspect…...
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Role of Woman in “The Awakening” and “The Storm” by Kate Chopin
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Edna from the awakening-“but whatever came, she had resolved never again to belong to another than herself” Bobinôt's from the storm - “Bobinôt's explanations and apologies which he had been composing all along the way, died on his lips as Calixta felt him to see if he were dry, and seemed to express nothing but satisfaction at their safe return”. Chopin base the awakening in the 1800’s now in the 1800’s you listened to your husband and what they told…...
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Women in “Dracula” and “Where are you Going, Where Have you Been”
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Bram Stoker’s: Dracula Dracula, written by Bram Stoker, portrays many of the expectations and realities of victorian women. Set in the eighteenth century the book provides In eighteenth century victorian england, a woman’s place was to be at home. They did not have the same privileges as men. They were not allowed to go to school or hold a job. They were seen as inferior to men. “A woman was inferior to a man in all ways except the unique…...
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Power in A Separate Peace
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A discussion of how power is depicted in John Knowles' "A Separate Peace". John Knowles' A Separate Peace depicts many examples of how power is used. In A Separate Peace, two opposing characters struggle for their own separate might. Gene Forrester, the reserved narrator, is weakened by his struggle for power. While, Phineas was inspired by his own power within. The novel conveys how peace can weaken or inspire during a mental war. Phineas, a natural rebel, is known as…...
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Good vs Evil- Wars in “A Separate Peace”
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An analysis of how John Knowles portrays the concept of wars in his novel, "A Separate Peace". Good Versus Evil: Wars in A Separate Peace John Knowles novel, A Separate Peace, portrays wars on three distinct levels. These levels could be described as outer, inner, and world. There is a very good definition of these wars at the closing of the novel which shows us the levels: "I could never agree with either of them. It would have been comfortable,…...
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Summary of A Separate Peace
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A chapter by chapter summary of "A Separate Peace " by John Knowles Chapter 1: The narrator (Gene) returns to the Devon School in New Hampshire, that he graduated from 15 years earlier. He goes to a certain tree and switches back to the past. Phineas dares everyone to jump from a branch in the tree into the river. Phineas, and Gene both jump. On the way back Phineas and Gene play fight so that they are late for dinner.…...
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A Separate Peace Outside of the War
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A Separate Peace tells the story of a sixteen-year-old boy at boarding school in New Hampshire during World War II, and the mixed feelings of admiration and jealousy he harbors for his best friend and roommate. Things get messy pretty fast, as you might expect from a bunch of ill-supervised adolescents. John Knowles' novel, often compared to Catcher In The Rye, he raises a question about competition amongst teens. Competition is supposed to be healthy, but Knowles questions when do…...
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Living Dorm Room Vs. Living at Home
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In our today , modern world and with all those new kinds of human communications , many new types of human living patterns comes out , so its clear that we need to make a good comparisions to understand the deferences between the traditional type of living with parents , and with what we name it today as dorm living ,both has some ponit to look at it such as independency economic, and responsibility. First of all , if we…...
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A Separate Peace Chapters 6-10
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Directions: Answer the following questions on THIS sheet of paper. You DO NOT need to answer in complete sentences. It is best to try to answer these as you read, since the questions are listed in the order in which they appear in the book. 1.Who is Cliff Quakenbush? What happens between him and Gene? Cliff is a manager. And they both get into a verbal fight. 2.Who calls Gene on the first day back to school? Phineas 3.Who is…...
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A Seperate Peace (Symbolism)
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A symbol is a person, place, or object that represents something beyond itself. This is clearly shown in A Separate Peace by John Knowles. One example of a symbol in the novel is when Finny wears a pink shirt and a tie as a belt. This symbolizes Finny's outlook on authority, how he has lack of respect for it and tests it. When Finny wears the pink shirt and the tie as a belt proves how Finny can get away…...
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The Relationship Between Gene & Finny
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"Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow, and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war." (Herbert Clark Hoover). This speech, made by Mr. Hoover illustrates the misconception of war that is passed down by generation, filled by over-glorified lies, which enthrall the youth to join the war effort, where they are merely pawns in a global conflict. The misconception of war that…...
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The Giver Book Review
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I. Setting: In an isolated Arcadian community at an unknown time in the future II. Characters and Commentary: A. Jonas – The eleven year old protagonist (turns twelve at a point) who has “bizarre powers” and is chosen as the Receiver of Memory. He has a wide variety of interests. For a pre-adolescent, he is extremely wise, curious, thoughtful, and has a much deeper understanding in life than the others in his community. B. The Giver – Formerly known as…...
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Analysing The Giver by Lois lowry and Anthem by Ayn Rand
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Abstract This examination lays out the fine line in between paradises and dystopias. It examines the subject of when and how the shift from an utopia to a dystopia can occur, examining the characteristics that comprise an utopia and a dystopia. This investigation will take a look at 2 utopian/dystopian narratives. In both books, we will see characteristics of a dystopia, and be further exposed to two different lives under a "utopian" neighborhood. We will examine The Provider by Lois…...
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A Separate Peace-John Knowles
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The novel A Separate Peace is a story about two best friends, Gene and Phineas (Finny), who both attend the Devon school in New Hampshire in 1942. Gene Forrester is an intellectual, confined, straight-laced seventeen year old, while Finny is an athletic free-spirit who isn't afraid to say what he thinks and is admired by everyone. The story is a flashback in which Gene recalls his fears and insecurities during the midst of the Second World War at the Devon…...
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Summary of Novel The Giver by Lois Lowry
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At the beginning of the story it begins when Jonas the main character was selected to be the Receiver Of Memory when the Chief Elder explained that the community only has one Receiver, who will train Jonas personally. The Chief Elder also explains that ten years ago, the previous selection of the old receiver failed, so they have selected Jonas because they couldn't have a second failure. The Chief says that the Committee chose him after years of observing him…...
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An Analysis of Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant”
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In "Shooting an Elephant," George Orwell finds himself in a difficult situation involving an elephant. The fate of the elephant lies in his hands. Only he can make the final decision. In the end, due to Orwell's decision, the elephant lay dying in a pool of blood. Orwell wins the sympathy of readers by expressing the pressure he feels as an Anglo-Indian in Burma, struggling with his morals, and showing a sense of compassion for the dying animal. Readers sympathize…...
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Main Idea and Purpose for Shooting an Elephant by Orwell
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The main idea of the story “Shooting an Elephant" by Orwell is the effect of the oppressor is not only on the oppressed, but himself. There are several evidences found in the text to support the main idea. First, the author mentioned about the treatment of a European woman gets when she went to bazaars alone. This explained the freedom of security had been taken away. Since European had colonized Burma at that time, there was growing hatred toward European.…...
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Shooting an Elephant
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In this essay, Shooting an Elephant, George Orwell, comes face to face with the effects of peer pressure and imperialism. While under constant scrutiny by the people who did not want to be ruled, he felt “stuck between the hatred of the empire I serve and my rage against the evil-spirited little beasts who tried to make my job impossible” (Orwell). George finds himself in an impossible situation of what he feels is right and what the people expect from…...
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Society of The Giver
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"There's absolutely nothing we can do. It has constantly been in this manner." Think of a world where everything was the very same. No difference, no outliers, nothing out of the regular. In the so-called utopian society of The Giver, the neighborhood which the main character, Jonas, resides in is precisely like this. The society which is depicted in the story is an impression of what a paradise is. Through the relationships that we have the ability to see in…...
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Theme Of Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird
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Courage can be demonstrated in many ways ranging from the incredible, as when a superhero saves lives, to the simple, as in getting out of bed to face a difficult day. In her novel To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee also depicts courage in a variety of ways through her characters. The courage they show within the novel gives them strength and deepens their self-understanding as the novel goes on. Courage, the ability to take a stand and do the…...
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What Does it Mean to Be Brave?
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What is bravery and what event or events in my life, did I my self exert bravery? In my life, I believe that I have had many events that required bravery, or you could even call it stupidity, but id like to think it was the later. I have done a lot in my life even though I'm so young, for instance, I did boxing along with some other martial arts but I only did real matches with boxing I…...
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The Outsiders Alternate ending
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Johnny had noticed from a distance that the church we had been hiding out in was ablaze and there was a crowd of locals standing around it not doing anything but just staring at the towering flames. Dally accelerated on past the church. "What are you doing?" I shouted, "They may need help we can't just leave them!" "Are you stupid Ponyboy? What do you think caused that fire, hmm?" "I don't know it could have been anything." "No you…...
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Identity Shaping in The Outsiders
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Constructing and shaping one's identity can be done through many personal experiences. One way is how you react to and interact with others. Also, turning points in your life and how they affect you can form your identity. Ponyboy Curtis, from S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders, and Mark Pfetzer, from his own story, Within Reach My Everest Story, are great examples of people shaping their own identities. Ponyboy and Mark are both very supportive, kind teenagers. I believe this because…...
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Comparison of Macbeth, A Streetcar Named Desire, ‘Enter Without So Much As Knocking,’ ‘Katrina,’ The Collector and The Great Gatsby
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Similarities in texts are often present and can be linked in many ways allowing readers to make comparisons. Although each text is unique in its construction there are similarities in theme, character and setting. The six texts represented and compared here are Macbeth, A Streetcar Named Desire, 'Enter Without So Much As Knocking,' 'Katrina,' The Collector and The Great Gatsby. Representations of men and women in each text will be discussed highlighting their similarities and differences as well as the…...
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Literary Analysis of ”Shooting an Elephant”
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Task 2.1: An analysis of ”Shooting an Elephant”, by George Orwell. This non-fiction essay is a report of George himself shooting an elephant. He is a sub-divisional police officer of the town Moulmein in lower Burma. It is here he experiences a kill of an elephant. And it is not just a kill, he kills it with a rifle in front of about two thousands Indians. The elephant had gone savage and rampaged homes and killed men. Orwell reports an…...
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George Orwell’s Shooting an Elephant: Insights on Imperialism, Ethical Conflicts and Fear of Judgment
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George Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant," introduces an intriguing insight on imperialism, ethical disputes and fear of judgement through the inner functions of a European law enforcement officer provided the intense task of handling an elephant in musk within Moulmein, in lower Burma. Imperialism, as defined in the Oxford English Dictionary, reads that Imperialism is "a policy of extending a nation's power and influence through colonization, usage of military force, or other methods." Interestingly, Orwell shows imperialism in his work…...
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The Giver by Lois Lowry Analysis
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In the beginning of the story it begins when Jonas the main character was selected to be the Receiver Of Memory, when the Chief Elder explained that the community only has one Receiver, who will train Jonas personally,The Chief Elder also explains that ten years ago, the previous selection of the old receiver failed, so they have selected Jonas because they couldn't have a second failure. The Chief says that the Community chose him after years of observing him and…...
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“The Outsiders” by S. E. Hinton
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In the novel, The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, Dallas Winston is a complex persona that wishes to protect the other greasers from experiencing prejudice and adversity. (T)Dallas Winston is known as one of the most dangerous and spiteful greasers out there, he will not hesitate to go to jail for the sake of fellow gang members. Greasers are rebellious youths in the 1960s who style their hair with profuse amounts of hair grease. Compared to socs, greasers are often…...
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Orwell’s Shooting an Elephant: Reflections on Imperialism
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During the years (1823-1886) as British Empire had control over Burma, a British Indian Imperial Authorities named George Orwell composed an impressive essay/story through which he expressed the morality of British Imperialism and the hatred of the Burmese towards this Empire. Using a particular kind of language has made this story different from others. Using importance and metaphors is one of the most crucial uses of language that Orwell uses to explain the relationship of himself with the elephant and…...
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The Giver by Lois Lowry
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Using specific examples from the book compare and contrast Jonas world with your world.             Jonas lives in a peaceful and structured community where people follow rules and instructions without hesitation (p.1). Most instructions and reprimands are transmitted over the loudspeakers that are placed around the community (pp.2, 22-23, 37). In Jonas world, children are born to Birthmothers (pp. 21, 53) and are raised in the nurturing center with other newborn infants. Children are given a name and a number…...
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Hiroshima by John Hersey Analysis
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A year after the first atomic bomb was dropped on a city, John Hersey’s Hiroshima was published, detailing the horrors six ordinary Japanese citizens witnessed on the day and the days after Hiroshima’s bombing. American at the time had no remorse of the dropping of the atomic bomb, the majority approving the bombing due to the fact i helped bring an end to the war with Japan during World War II. Hersey wrote this book in an attempt to bring…...
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“The Lottery”: Unfair Fate to the One Who Draws 
...Shirley Jackson tells the story of “The Lottery” by the above symbolism. Every single detail playing a major role. A story of The Lottery, Shirley Jackson reveals: “an annual ritual of sacrifice in a small town and the dangers of blindly follow...
Women in “Dracula” and “Where are you Going, Where Have you Been”
...Buijsman, Simone. Gender roles in Jane Eyre, Dracula, and Middlemarch. Leiden University, 2017 Daly, Brenda. “Sexual Politics in Two Collections of Joyce Carol Oates’s Short Fiction.” Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 32, No. 1, 1995 http://...
What Does it Mean to Be Brave?
...Don't mistake bravery for having any fear Bravery is from being scared but still facing the obstacle that ails you. My obstacle was my opponent no matter how big or how fast I didn't back down, now was I scared yes one hundred percent but that's befo...

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