Warriors Don't Cry Analysis Essay
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The juxtaposition of strength and powerlessness causes conflict to arise in Beals' mind; she must be patient and accepting of discrimination, God's timing and her surroundings, yet is taught to stay strong and eventually fight against it. For this reason, when her journey begins she must tell herself "to be like a soldier in battle" and not "cry or mope" (149) when she is taunted and harassed in school. At this junction, "Warriors Don't Dry" is a command for herself. Yet, she develops "fierce self-confidence that is aptly attributed the warrior" (144) as the memoir progresses.
Through her experiences at Central High, Beals actually begins to embody the warrior persona which she has fought to make herself believe she is; without this, the circumstances surely would have overcome her. It is through this embodiment that Beals discovers that she, the warrior, will not settle for less, and that the idea of bravery made her willing to take on the task of being the first black girl in an