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Shared Humanity

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Bethany Fuller
Mrs. Drake
Period 6
Oct. 7, 2012
Shared Humanity A lot of literature relates to common experiences and even to each other whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and even movies. Common experiences are separated into categories like loss, rites of passage, survival, self-sacrifice, and beliefs. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and film often show common experiences in self-sacrifice to people of all ages and places. The fiction short story Through The Tunnel, by Doris Lessing, has a great example of self-sacrifice. Jerry is an 11 year old little boy, him and his mother are vacationing and he spends most of his time on the big kid side of the bay. Of course him being 11 and hanging around the bigger kids can make people do some silly things. Long story short, Jerry risked getting hurt swimming through a small, rocky tunnel to make the bigger kids like him. This relates to self-sacrifice and common experiences because many people sacrifice losing themselves to fit in with another group that may not be worth it in the end anyway. In the end the older boys’ attention didn’t even matter to Jerry, he felt like he didn’t need them anymore, he gained more confidence. Raven, from the fiction novel Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber, is dating a vampire named Alexander. He leaves Raven to keep her from getting harmed by other vampires, but she risks her life to search for Alex anyway. Ravens self-sacrifice was to be with the person she loved no matter what, and that relates to a mass of fiction love stories’ common experiences.
Arland D. Williams, Jr. was a passenger aboard a plane that crashed into the Potomac River on January 13, 1982. “He was of the six people to initially survive the crash” says his wikipedia. Arland is also known as the Man in the Water. In the short non-fiction story Man in the Water it says that this man saved 5 people, 4 passengers and 1 stewardess, after that crash. The story says he had to have known that he was not going to survive and when the people in the helicopters came back for him he had already sunk under. Arlands wikipedia says that he had a hold of that rope several times and could have saved himself, but continued to hand it off to someone else. This ordinary man sacrificed his life for the 5 others that survived, in a way he was a hero. Flick, from the poem Ex Basketball Player, was a really good basketball player in high school and now he works at a gas station. In the poem it says, “Flick seldom says a word to Mae, just nods beyond her face toward bright applauding tiers of Necco Wafers, Nibs, and Juju Beads.” which is practically saying he still sees the crowds cheering at his games, and that means he misses it. Flick had to sacrifice his basketball dream and regrets it. In the poem A life for love this couple is being separated, the boy sends the girl away to save her. “For the sake of his love he'd give his most precious treasure.. but that was She,and he gave her up, to let her bloom, but away from him he cared not to break, since she'd live in pleasure.” He risked never seeing her again for her to be safety. In the movie The Outsiders Ponyboy got in a fight and Johnny killed the guy that was after him. He risked his freedom to save his best friends life. Johnny also saved children from a burning church not knowing whether or not he would make it out alive and ended up dying from it. Johnny sacrificed his life to save the little kids. Lolas mother Anne, from LOL, has always been a cool mom. Her and her daughter have been really close, until she stumbled upon Lolas diary. Any teenage girl gets extremely mad, frustrated, and of course really never trusts their parents again when their parents read their journals/diaries, so is it worth telling their child they read it? Well Anne told her daughter the truth because they’re so close, and Lola moved in with her dad for a while. Anne sacrificed losing Lola by telling her the truth. My little brother Steffen bought a hamster a couple of months before my birthday and a week before my birthday it had disappeared and me and my mom thought the cat ate it. Steffen had grown so attached to that little animal it would break my heart to tell him it went missing when he got home. So with $10 of my birthday money left in my pocket me and my mom started our journey. That day while my brother was at school me and my mom went out and sacrificed our day to look for and buy a hamster that looked as similar as possible to his. With 10 minutes left until Steffen got home and no hamster to replace his lost, or eaten one, I bought him a rabbit. I figured the least I could do was replace it even if I can’t make it look like it never ran away. When my brother got home he was so aggravated at the sight of his missing hamster he didn’t even care about the rabbit and still said he hated me like it was my fault his hamster was gone. So I wasted my birthday money to make my brother happy and well...that didn’t work, but we found his hamster in the bathroom 2 days later. So A lot of literature relates to common experiences and even to each other. Some self-sacrifices are totally selfish like Jerry wanting to be like the older kids in Through the Tunnel. Some self-sacrifices benefit others like how the Man in the Water saved those people risking his own life, and Johnny from The Outsiders sacrificing his freedom to save his best friend, and me buying my brother a new hamster to make him happy. Everybody has a way to relate to literature, which is why it makes it so much easier to read our favorite books, watch our favorite movies and share our favorite poems. In conclusion fiction, nonfiction, poetry and films often show common experiences in self-sacrifice to people of different ages and places.

Works Cited

Azuelos, Lisa. LOL. 2012.
Coppola, Francis Ford. The Outsiders. 1983.
Lessing, Doris. “Through the Tunnel.” Elements of Literature: Fourth Course. Ed. Kylene
Beers. Austin, Texas: Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 2009. 325-334. Print.
Rosenblatt, Roger. “The Man into the Water.” Elements of Literature: Fourth Course. Ed.
Kylene Beers. Austin, Texas: Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 2009. 391-393. Print.
Schreiber, Ellen. Vampire Kisses. New York, NY: Katherine Tegen /HarperCollins, 2003. Print.
Updike, John. “Ex-Basketball Player.” Elements of Literature: Fourth Course. Ed. Kylene
Beers. Austin, Texas: Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 2009. 736. Print.

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