Life Lessons In Ben Mikaelson Cole's Touching Spirit Bear

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Life lessons are very important when it comes to being successful in life. If you don't open your mind to learn and discuss you won't go anywhere. In the novel “Touching Spirit Bear” by Ben Mikaelson Cole didn't open his mind and thoughts to anyone until he got taught a lesson. After the mauling of the spirit bear, Cold changed. He began to forgive himself which was a very big step for him. One thing Cole learnt was not to take life for granted. The main lessons Learnt in the novel are that Healing is better than punishment, Cole learning to control his anger, and learning to forgive.

In the book “Touching Spirit Bear”, The main character; Cole, had a lot of built of anger. Cole’s Father had a very big role to play in his anger because his father beats him. The reason his father beats Cole is because his father doesn't know any better, As he got beaten by his own dad when he was younger. Although Cole finally learnt how to control his anger. He now has many ways of controlling his anger that he learnt from Edwin such as Soaking in very cold water, carrying the ancestor rock up the hill and rolling it down and carving.
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If you want to forgive you have to learn. While you are trying to forgive someone you also are forgiving yourself. Near the end of the novel “Touching Spirit Bear” Cole forgives the kid he beat up, Peter. Although Cole forgave Peter, Peter wasn't very fond of Cole and really wanted to get back at him so he did little things like push him and Wreck a carving on his totem. When Cole found out about his carving being destroyed he was furiated. Peter felt bad and told Garvey and Cole to go for a walk and when they came back Peter carved an amazing Bear on the totem for Cole. This is when Cole and Peter became friends. Forgiveness is a way of healing yourself and

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