The Running Dream Essay

789 Words Nov 6th, 2013 4 Pages
The Real Rosa In the book The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen, the main character Jessica is trying to adjust to a new life without one of her legs. Another character, Rosa, helps her through this while facing a disability of her own. Rosa was born with cerebral palsy. Even though some people don’t take the time to really get to know her, she has some great qualities that should make people want to. In the book, Rosa gets those close to her to see her real self instead of just seeing her as the girl in the wheelchair that has trouble talking. She manages this through using some of her best qualities: her friendliness, joy in helping others, and optimism. Even when others are not friendly to her, Rosa seems to be friendly to …show more content…
They end up going over to Rosa’s house to snack and study, and actually end up having a good time together. As it says on the book, “Not only does Rosa come to Jessica's rescue in math, she also helps her reach for a future that is full of unexpected opportunities.” Though their friendship is rooted in the tutoring early on, it leads to much more. Later on a boy that sits in front of them in math is shocked to see their good grades when he does badly. Rosa ends up helping him over lunch in room 402. Helping the others really seemed to make Rosa happy. Even throughout all of her struggles, Rosa maintains an upbeat attitude. Her optimism is so great, it even seems to rub off on Jessica. Rosa has had her condition her whole life, while Jessica has only had hers for a short time, yet Rosa is still happier. Rosa’s positive outlook eventually helps Jessica to feel better about herself and her own condition. When Jessica sees how Rosa views things, she begins to see some of the flaws in her own point of view. Rosa’s optimism also makes her strong. Just as in Jessica’s thought in the book, “If the mind's not strong, the body acts weak, even if it's not. If the mind says it's too cold or too rainy or too windy to run, the body will be more than happy to agree. If the mind says it would be better to rest or recover or cut practice, the body will be glad to oblige,” Rosa’s optimism brings a strength to her mind and body that she needs to

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