Examples Of Coming To An Awareness Of Language By Frederick Douglass

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People who face hard times often find courage and determination in order to overcome their problems. The courage and determination that people find is often something they never thought they had and are taken by surprise when they come across it. If you have the right approach on difficult times, you can use them as a chance to grow as a person, as Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass did in their narratives. “Coming to an Awareness of Language” and “Learning to Read Write” tell the story of Malcolm X’s and Frederick Douglass’s struggles through challenges and how they used their own determination to achieve goals. In Malcolm X’s “Coming to an Awareness of Language” he narrates his experiences with language and how he broadened what he knew in …show more content…
These challenges still played apart in my experience of leaving home for college. I learned through my challenges that college was going to be the greatest experience for me, it would be the start of something new, exactly what I felt would be best for me. I wanted freedom from the stressful lifestyle my family was stuck in. Douglass was a slave who like any other slave, longed and dreamt of freedom and his masters did not believe in any type of freedom. “I saw nothing without seeing it, I heard nothing without hearing it, and felt nothing without feeling it. It looked from every star, it smiled in every calm, breathed in every wind, and moved in every storm” (Douglass 162-167) . Douglass faced many obstacles living in slavery his whole life but he never gave up on his desire to read and write. He wanted freedom as well from the lifestyle he was stuck in. For me college is a representation of freedom and a dream I have worked at for so long. Throughout my senior year I did not think that college was anywhere in the near future for me but I knew that if I set my heart and soul to it that I could somehow pull through and make it happen. The circumstances that I was faced with that made college feel out of reach began with my Dad 's cancer diagnosis in January of my senior year of high school. I could not overcome the thought of leaving home to live my life while my Dad was …show more content…
Every symptom that my dad showing was that colon cancer and me being pessimistic, I had a gut feeling that this would be the case. I was sitting in my English class and I began to worry when I had not heard from Mom all day about one of my Dad 's test results. I then decided to text her asking how my dad 's testing went that day. All my mom asked me to do was meet her in the lobby of the hospital when I was done with school. For the remainder of that day all I could focus on was, what would take place in the hospital lobby. I arrived at the hospital to see my grandmother and my mom hugging with tissues in both hands. I knew immediately that the gut feeling I had been having was exactly the right feeling and the worst was actually happening. Hearing the words “your dad has cancer” changes the way you look at life everyday. For myself I would like to at least say it changed me for the better. Cancer has taught me to understand more deeply, appreciate more quickly, hope more desperately, love more openly, and live with more passion. I find that since my dad 's diagnosis I never take a moment in life granted, I like to live everyday to the fullest. It comes easy now to understand that bad things in life can happen but you must not let the bad outweigh the good and appreciate every moment you are given. When things seem unbearable to never

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