Free Essay

The Reasons We Fall

In: Novels

Submitted By el1515
Words 1296
Pages 6
The Reasons we Fall

Things can turn upside down in a second. Life is about overcoming hardship, and about learning how to race in the rain. The novel, the Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, demonstrates obstacles in life that the main character, Denny, is forced to face and overcome. Ultimately, Denny’s life can be compared to as a race. The author manages to provide an outside perspective that is shown through the eyes of his closest companion, Enzo. He watches as Denny's life drastically changes and as he stood to lose everything. Many major themes are developed as the plot continues, such as being convicted of rape and the deaths of two of Denny’s loved ones. Denny’s perseverance and dedication are both shook by the unexpected obstacles of life’s race, yet Denny continues to overcome these barriers and learns that the reasons why he falls, is so he can pick himself back up.

They say a dog is a man’s “best friend.” In this case, Enzo has certainly earned that title. Denny and Enzo instantly clicked from the moment Enzo was picked from the litter. Although the time they shared wasn’t much, Enzo managed to extremely impact Denny’s life. Enzo in his weakened state, states “with every bit of strength I have in my body, I wrench myself to a standing position. Through my hips are frozen and my legs burn with pain; I hobble to the door of the bedroom” (310). Enzo, who is referring to be in deep pain, causes a huge challenge for Denny who sees his best friend suffer and struggle every step of the way. As soon as Denny’s life starts to improve, he realizes that sooner or later it will relapse due to Enzo’s condition. Denny is losing the only thing that has stayed constant through the challenges he has faced, Enzo, and when the time came, he was forced to let go. Denny was heartbroken, however, he knew Enzo was no longer suffering and believes he is in a better place. After Enzo’s death, Denny still spiritually reached out to him, mentioning “You have always been with me, you’ve always been my Enzo” (315). The unbreakable bond of friendship they shared are reasons why Denny is able to believe that it is not the end of their unique duo. Denny eventually is able to overcome Enzo’s death and knows that despite Enzo’s physical body not being there, they will always be together at heart. A relationship as strong as theirs can never be broken.

Denny has faced and overcame tough obstacles throughout the novel, though, being accused of rape was by far the most unexpected. Enzo explains Denny’s endearing situation by stating, “He had nothing to do with it. He was a prisoner of his own body, which had no energy, and she took advantage of him” (143). Denny is being accused of something he did not do. Annika, being younger than him, forced herself onto him and framed Denny for rape of a minor. She “took advantage” of the situation which was highly unfair. With his wife, Eve gone and Zoe being too little for evidential proof to defend her dad, Denny must to learn to fight for himself. Eve’s parents were devastated by the occurrence and instantly rejected Denny. They filed law suits and managed to withhold custody of his daughter, Zoe. With the recent death of his wife, the last thing Denny wanted was to lose another loved one. He describes the heartbreaking position he has yet to overcome as, “Imagine having your wife die suddenly of brain cancer. Then imagine having her parents attack you mercilessly in order to gain custody of your daughter” (229). This provides the reader with an excellent perspective of how hard this is for Denny. The loss of his beloved wife and now the loss of the only one he has left to hold on to. The only chance of regaining his daughter is to persevere and keep pushing his limits. As time progresses, Denny continues his fight of winning his daughter back, and evidently his hard works pays off. Denny gains custody of Zoe. He once stated that, “The true hero is flawed. The true test of a champion is whether he can overcome obstacles” (135). This quote demonstrates how far hard work can get you. Denny is not perfect but tried his best to fix what had been destroyed, and as a result, got what he desired most. His dedication and commitment got him right back into the arms of his daughter.

The biggest challenge occurring throughout the novel is the death of Eve. Denny and his family’s suffering of Eve’s critical condition is demonstrated as Enzo says, “Eve continued with the inexorable process of dying, Zoe spent too much time with her grandparents, and Denny and I worked at slowing the beating of our hearts so we didn’t have to feel so much pain (149).” This exemplifies a general, yet accurate perspective of the family’s unwilling situation. Zoe, being the child of someone who is consonantly suffering, has “spent too much time with her grandparents.” Denny is trying to protect Zoe, although, Enzo believes she is being too isolated, Zoe being neglected is only one of the many negative effects that their lives have soon to encounter. Each member of the family is facing their own challenges as a result of Eve’s illness. Given the circumstance, not only Eve, but Denny and Enzo are overwhelmed with pain as well. Many problems similar to ones such as this are long lasting throughout the novel, and when Eve’s time came, the pain and suffering only continued. Enzo describes his feelings towards Eve’s death as he says “For Eve, her death was the end of a painful battle. For Denny it was the beginning” (166). This further demonstrates the hardship Denny and Enzo are exploiting. Loosing someone you love is like losing a part of yourself. Despite that fact that Eve’s death was the end of her “painful battle,” for Denny, his had just begun. His soul mate, wife, and true love are gone forever. Although, as time progresses, Denny is slowly able to heal and he has learned to surpass the grief he has faced. His strong leap over his sadness is shown as Enzo says, “In the past few days, everything has changed. He is going to be reunited with Zoe. I would like to see that moment. They are going to Italy together” (313). The pain and challenges are over. Eve’s death was a hard fall, but Denny and his family managed to pick themselves back up and went back to living a satisfied life.

In conclusion, the obstacles of life’s race failed to stop Denny from racing towards the finish. One of the most valuable skills that a race car driver can have is the ability to win a race in the rain. Throughout the novel, Denny gains this ability. Denny’s life suddenly becomes unpredictable and Denny is unable to see what was coming his way. But no amount of pain could stop him. Denny continuously tried to look for a clearer view. Together, Denny, Eve, Zoe, and Enzo succeed to tackle their challenges and overcame anything that got in there way. They manage to find a way through all the painful battles that were faced. Eve and Enzo’s death were unbearable and hard to battle, but Denny stood strong. He realized that the bond of family can never be broken. Both life and racing are unpredictable. In order to win you must overcome it.

Work cited:
Stein, Garth. The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel. New York: Harper, 2008. Print.

“The car goes where the eyes go.” * Gareth Stein

Similar Documents

Free Essay

The Tempest and the Lovers

...Why do Ferdinand and Miranda have to fall in love? It simply could not have been love at first sight. Yes, perhaps there is such a thing as love at first sight, but for Ferdinand and Miranda, there is much more to the story. Ferdinand and Miranda’s love for each other was born out of necessity; there are no other simple reasons for them falling in love. There is much reason to stipulate their love was born out of necessity. One such argument is since Prospero wants them to fall in love; they have to because he is in complete control of the island and controls the entire plot of the play. Another such reason for their marriage is that they are ideal characters for each other, all the other primary characters are corrupt, yet Ferdinand and Miranda being young and innocent are the ideal candidates for each other. As well I shall explore one commonality between two of Shakespeare’s plays. One final reason to support these views is of the very nature of this play, which is the nature of Shakespearian Comedy. All Shakespearian Comedies must end in a marriage, and this is no exception. Drawing on my first two arguments to support my third it is quite evident why Ferdinand and Miranda simply have to be. On the island Prospero wields complete power, over the forces of nature and even to some extent over the wills of others. What Prospero wants, Prospero gets. He accomplishes this through his magical powers and sorcery, and to a certain extent- his cunning. So how......

Words: 1385 - Pages: 6

Free Essay

How Far Do You Agree That the Most Important Reason for Wolsey’s Fall from Power Was His Failure to Gain a Divorce for Henry Viii?

...The most important reason for Wolsey’s fall from power was his failure to gain a divorce for Henry VIII, how far do you agree? Wolsey’s dismissal from Henry’s court came in September 1529, though Wolsey had a plethora of failures before, his fall his failure to get a divorce for Henry VIII proved to be the most significant. This is because Wolsey’s strength of position depended on whether he got Henry what he wanted and the divorce was the most obvious case of Wolsey’s failure to do so. For this reason, this essay will argue that the most important reason for the fall of Wolsey was his failure to get a divorce for Henry VIII. Some argue that Wolsey’s failure was due to his alienation of common people. In his early days, Wolsey sought to ensure that common people got justice through his establishment of the Star Chamber. However, this egalitarian attitude faded during Wolsey’s later years and Wolsey’s own corruptness meant that he fell out of favour with the public. Within the area of the Church, Wolsey was guilty of absenteeism, pluralism and nepotism – appointing his illegitimate son (Thomas Wynter) to high positions in the Church. Furthermore, though his attempt to raise money for Henry’s foreign campaigns came in the form of the Amicable Grant 1525 (a heavy tax) failed, Wolsey was not dismissed on the grounds of this. From this we can see that Wolsey’s alienation from the ‘common’ people did not cause his fall, but something else. Henry did blame the Amicable Grant......

Words: 918 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

Falling Rupee

...Rupee heading for 60? It is difficult to stop the slide The Indian rupee is making headlines today, but mostly for the wrong reasons. Its value has been falling against the US dollar steadily and since the beginning of 2012, it has fallen 23 per cent, closing at a record low of Rs 55.39 on Tuesday.    The worrisome fact, however, is that no one has any inkling, the government and the Finance Ministry the least, as to how deep the rupee will fall and how long will the downturn last? Research units of some banks have already predicted that the rupee may soon touch 60  to a dollar. About a month ago when the rupee was at 48, such predictions would have looked preposterous, but not anymore. Worst, neither the Finance Ministry nor the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) can do much to stop the fall. There are several reasons behind this pessimistic view. The most important factor is that India’s deficit in foreign trade – excess of imports against exports – has ballooned to an all time high of $185 billion in 2011-12, a whopping 56 per cent more than $119 in 2010-11. Similarly, the import bill for gold and silver was at $60 billion, the second largest item in the basket.      Our imports went up by 32 per cent in 2011-12 to Rs 489 crore, our exports at Rs 304 crore were higher by 21 per cent. Since the financial turmoil in Europe has resulted in severe demand contractions in many European countries, a major destination for Indian exports, India’s total export earnings, experts believe...

Words: 1054 - Pages: 5

Free Essay

Fall

...September 2015 Fall, A.K.A, the Best Season Imagine waking up and walking outside and hearing the crunch of leaves beneath your feet and smelling the crisp fresh and cool air. Fall makes me so happy and I am anxious for it to come every single year. Everything during fall is absolutely wonderful, I love it! Some of the best times that I have had in my life, oddly occurred during the fall season; and I sometimes wonder if that may be part of the reason(s) that I cherish it so much. Fall is such a beautiful and blissful season; it is the best season of the year. Fall is so wonderful mainly because of the beautiful scenery it displays. Here in Arizona, the summers are very hot and dry, and it almost feels dreadful at times; but the fall here is absolutely beautiful. You can start to notice the transition into fall around mid- September because the mornings are sort of wet from the precipitation and you can feel the cool air gently fan across your whole entire body. Not only that, but later in September, the leaves start to turn into the beautiful array of sunburst orange, medallion yellow and cherry red, and when the leaves start to fall onto the cold hard ground, you can feel and hear the crunch of the leaves beneath your feet. The cool air is so crisp and refreshing; you can feel the slight wind of the cool air tingle your cheeks lightly. The weather is not to cold and not too warm, it is just the perfect measure of both. It is lovely. Not only is the sight of fall......

Words: 1104 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

History Essay

...The Fall of the Roman Empire Corey Aiken History of Western Civilization 201- D03 16 April 2013 The fall of the Roman Empire cannot be attributed to one single event. This process took several hundred years, and only resulted in the fall of the Western Roman Empire. The Eastern half-wealthier, more populous, less afflicted with civil wars, and less exposed to barbarian invasions- survived as the Byzantine Empire until the middle of the fifteenth century (Perry, Chase, Jacob, Jacob, Von Laue, 2009). There are several reasons for the decline of Western Rome such as: the role of the Germanic tribes, along with political, military and spiritual considerations and economic conditions. One reason for the fall of the Western Roman Empire is the role of the Germanic Tribes. It is interesting to note that, “the importing of tribal peoples into the Roman Empire was a permanent imperial policy which expanded in scale over the centuries (Williams, Friell 1994). There were many critics and supporters of this risky policy. The Roman aim was to encourage small, friendly client chieftainships who would both respect the Roman frontiers and protect them against other tribal threats, often in return for Roman help against their tribal enemies (Williams, Friell 1994). The Romans understood that these tribal people were instinctively people of war, and would undoubtedly end up fighting one another. Therefore the Romans decided to let them do so for the benefit of the empire, and began......

Words: 1097 - Pages: 5

Free Essay

Ronaldobale11

...Biology Summative/Nuradin Ahmed Table of Content Units | Questions | Cellular Biology | Why is grass green?Why do our muscles ache when we exercise?Why don't animals/humans have a cell wall? | Genetics | Why is it more common for a male to be colour blind than a female?Why are you unique? | Plants | Why are some fruits seedless?Why do leaves turn colour in the fall?Why is green roof important? | Anatomy of Mammals | Why do we close our eyes when we sneeze?Why do people feel sleepy after they eat?Why do we have eyelashes? | Microbiology | Why does milk sour?Why does our whole body ache when we get cold? | Why is grass green? The reason the grass you see every day in your front yard or in the park is because the cell of the grass contains chloroplast, chloroplast is similar to mitochondria but only found in plant and protista. Chloroplast by itself won’t make the plant green, it just switches the sunlight into energy, to make the plant greener you need a pigment called chlorophyll, chlorophyll is a pigment that provides the absorption of light to provide energy to make it into photosynthesis and that causes a chemical change to the plant. Why do our muscles ache when we exercise? The reason muscles ache after exercising is because you just stretched out your muscles fibers and your muscles are about to enter the repairing stage and this is caused by the lactic acid. The aching that you get in your muscles is not really harmful......

Words: 1734 - Pages: 7

Free Essay

Ethics

...HCS/341 Working is a way of life in all cultures. Regardless of where you live, you will find people working hard for various reasons and various responsibilities. Some people work just for a mortgage, car note, car insurance, food, and health insurance. Others may work for less or more reasons and responsibilities. Whatever the reason for working, we can all agree that working is necessary to provide for yourself and also for your family. In most occupations, especially in America, we will find that there are all kinds of legal, safety, and regulatory issues at work in the Human Resource Department. Usually, in the beginning of the hiring process, a manager will instruct the new hire to read all the Code of Ethics, Code of Conducts, and Human Resource Guide which in turn should help to benefit the employee because he/she understands the rules and regulations and can become better equipped with the knowledge gained. In the workplace, we have all sorts of safety issues to watch for. Many of us must watch a video on properly handling packages and bending the correct way when picking up items that are potentially heavy and can injure you if neglecting to follow the safety procedures. We have to make sure that we are aware of the exits in the building, water spills, and ladders being out of place and making sure that we are taking precaution every time we clock in to work our shifts. Legal and safety issues are great to understand but what happens when the two collide? As......

Words: 1090 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

The Pros And Cons Of Texting

...lives. This can be a bad things for us for multiple reasons. One being that we let it take over on how we live. My claim on this subject is that we should learn how to control the problem This habit of constantly texting can cause us to lose focus on the important things like actually communicating. You have to think about the last time you had an actual conversation with friends, family, and others instead of texting them. My first piece of evidence would be that researchers say that ⅔ of the communication is wordless. I get that we can’t talk to people face to face at the moment if they are someplace else but, if there is a person or one of your friends next to you and you are on your phone you should put it down and socialize with others...

Words: 1144 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

Stock Market

...Problems and Solution in the Context of Bangladesh Capital Market What are the reasons of inefficient stock market in Bangladesh? What can be done to develop the stock market?       Stock market is a financial market, where stocks and bonds are used to buy and sell. Shareholders i.e. investors exchange their shares in the stock market. The current market price of a share is determined by the demand and supply of that particular share. Before we go through the reasons of inefficient stock market I would like to clarify about inefficient stock market. Inefficient Stock Market           It refers that type of stock market which is not stable and healthy for investors. In inefficient stock market price level fluctuates so much. Market can not absorb large number of securities without changing price level. The main cause of share market fall is this, the inefficient stock market. Last year we have experienced a huge crash in Dhaka & Chittagong Stock Exchange.       If we would recall, Dhaka Stock Exchange Gen. Index (DGEN) soared to its highest levels from October to December last year, with the peak on Dec. 5, 2010 at 8,918 points. DSE’s index on Jan. 3, 2010 was at 4568.40 and went up at a staggering 4,350 points or 95.23% increase! But 2weeks later, Jan. 10, 2011, trading on the Dhaka Stock Exchange was halted after it fell by 660points, or 9.25%, in less than an hour, the biggest one-day fall in its 55-year history. Police and angry retail investors clashed......

Words: 327 - Pages: 2

Free Essay

Business English Certificate

...graph about? What information does it present? When was it published? By whom is it published? Where is it situated? What time period does it cover? What does it indicate/measure? (what units of measure etc) . 2. Description (Observation): Describe the graph in relative detail (see example below), using business English vocabulary and terminology. What do we mean by relative detail? As a rule thumb, if you were to read your description to someone on the phone they would be able to visualize your graph quite clearly! Tip: Be sure to quantify! When describing data expressed in graphs, your reference points are the actual changes in the graph behaviour or the ‘trends’. In other words, your focus is the duration and quantity of a particular movement in the graph line, until that movement changes, either increasing or decreasing in degree. Hence, each movement or trend is best described by means of concise sentences, commencing with the ‘WHEN’ first followed by the “HOW MUCH’ and the ‘FOR HOW LONG’. This, however, is where the graph jargon comes into it for without the appropriate descriptive terminology we cannot describe graph behaviour, or indeed any trends, in a clear professional manner. Graph A: Hotel X Occupancy Rate (OR) 201- 100 | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | 90 | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | 80 | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |......

Words: 1016 - Pages: 5

Free Essay

Praiside Lost

...In Milton's epic poem, Paradise Lost, God's only two commandments to his newest creations, the humans Adam and Eve, contradict each other. This is because God incorporates the contradictory notions of both faith and reason into the law by which he says Adam and Eve must abide. God first commands Adam to not eat of the Tree of Knowledge; this commandment is governed by a required faith on Adam's part in God's righteousness alone. Secondly, God (through implication) commands Adam to live according to his capacity to reason rationally. It is made clear to Adam that the first commandment, having to do with faith, is the primary commandment, since it is the only one God articulates. But, when Adam passes the information on to Eve, he does not make this distinction as clear. He also further convolutes the distinction with other things he says. Thus the order of importance of the two contradictory commandments is lost when told to Eve. Then, In book 9, Satan takes advantage of Eve's lack of information by presenting Eve with a situation wherein the conclusion that rational reasoning would produce is at odds with the conclusion that a blind trust in faith would produce. Eve cannot abide simultaneously by both of God's commandments in this situation. By eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge (as Satan tells her to), Eve is guilty of losing faith, which initiates the "original, mortal sin" (9,1003-4). However, acting reasonably is what Adam tells her is otherwise valued by God and...

Words: 1704 - Pages: 7

Free Essay

Resort

...Good afternoon everybody in this class. My name is Tien. I have been living in PT city when I was born. Today, in my presentation, the purpose of my talk is comparing and contrast between 3 resorts in my hometown namely Novotel (4 star resort), Anantara and Sealink (5 star resorts). Nowadays, people go travel more and more popular. Choosing a quality resort is an important step. There are some similarities and differences between them. . I have devided this talk into 4 part. There are a number of points. I’d like to make: 1- Location 2- Facilities 3- Prices 4- Conclusion And if you have any question, please ask me.I’ll be happy to answer them at the end. I should only take about 5min of ur time.Let’s start by their location. All of their locations vary considerately. While Novotel is located near in the heart of Phan Thiet city, both of Sealink and Anantara is far from the city. however, they are located in the middle in Mũi Né resorts. Sealink and anantara are situated about a 20-minute driving motor from the centre of Phan Thiet city. the distance from Novotel to the Phan Thiet centre is only 5 mins by walking and close to many transport station like bus stop, train station. Now, moving on the facilities. There are some differences and similarities among the resort regarding facilities. All three resorts have variety of facilities such as spacious rooms, bar, villa, restaurant, swimming pool. However, Novotel and Sealink have own golf course. In......

Words: 1331 - Pages: 6

Premium Essay

Stock Market Situation and Market Crash of Bangladesh Stock Market, 2011

...[pic] PREMIER UNIVERSITY CHITTAGONG TOPIC: STOCK MARKET SITUATION AND MARKET CRASH OF BANGLADESH STOCK MARKET, 2011 PREPARED TO: TANBINA TABASSUM LECTURER, FACULTY OF BUSINESS STUDIES, PREMIER UNIVERSITY CHITTAGONG. PREPARED BY: THE DOERS SEM: 8TH, SEC: A, DEPT.: FINANCE PROGRAM: BBA, SESSION: JULY ’11 DATE OF SUBMISSION: 19 DECEMBER, 2011 GROUP NAME: THE DOERS |SL. |STUDENT NAME |ID | |1 |TRISHAN CHOWDHURY |0714111851 | |2 |NISHAT FATEMA KHANAM |0714111864 | |3 |UMME KULSUM |0714111866 | |4 |ANUPAM GUPTA |0714111848 | |5 |PARTHA SARATHI ROY CHOWDHURY |0714111859 | |6...

Words: 3052 - Pages: 13

Premium Essay

Business

... Not enough banks, not large enough banks, no international borrowing. Gov’t has skills or information that the private sector doesn’t What could the gov’t do? Subsidize production to move down learning curve faster. Unlike an import tariff, this has no distortion on the consumption side. [pic] Lesson Gov’t should use policies which distort as few decisions as possible. Why might the gov’t still not want to do anything? The costs of the policy may still outweigh the discounted benefits. Political economy suggests that infant industries never grow up. Creating Comparative Advantage: Agglomeration, External EOS & Trade “Economies of Scale” (EOS) When costs fall with the scale of an undertaking. Internal EOS AC falls with the firm’s output External EOS Firms’ costs fall as...

Words: 1282 - Pages: 6

Free Essay

Free Fall

...Introduction: We know that the acceleration due to gravity on the earth is 9.8ms -2. This acceleration is very important since we can use it to calculate gravity force, mass, and so on. In this lab, we use a free fall object to calculate its acceleration due to gravity to check if it is 9.8ms-2. We use the acceleration formula a=V2-V1t2-t1 to calculate the acceleration. Hypothesis: The acceleration due to gravity on the earth is 9.8ms -2. So in this lab, the acceleration in the result should also be 9.8ms-2 since the object experiences the free fall on the earth. Diagram: Free fall object diagram Free fall object diagram Motion detector Motion detector 1 meter 1 meter Point 2(V2 T2) Point 2(V2 T2) Point 1(V1 T1) Point 1(V1 T1) Free fall object Free fall object Method: In this lab, we used a motion detector to measure the velocities and times of the falling object. The range of the motion detector is one meter, so we have to drop the object from one meter above the ground. So to make the result more accurate, first we placed the motion detector on the top of the metal ring which is approximately one meter above the ground. After that we held the object under the motion detector. Then we started the motion detector and dropped the object at the same time. At last we observed the data in the computer provided by the motion detector. We chose two points which the falling object experienced from the data. The points were far from each other. Then we......

Words: 1204 - Pages: 5