In the Face of Adversity

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Adriana T. Contreras 4B Ruedi AP English III February 9, 2013 In The Face of Adversity “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.” – Horace Consider this question about adversity from the Roman poet Horace. Then write an essay that defends, challenges, or qualifies Horace’s assertion about the role that adversity plays in developing a person’s character. When faced with life’s obstacles, one’s true talents have a way of showing themselves. If a person wasn’t forced to use skills that they didn’t know they had to get out of a problem, they never would have discovered them. As can be seen in The Glass Castle, the Walls children (Lori, Jeannette, Brian, and Maureen) are all forced to live on the move with their parents. Most of the time Lori, Jeannette, and Brian have to take care of themselves and their youngest sister, Maureen, with little to no help from their parents. This has taught the three oldest children to be self-sufficient and independent. Maureen, on the other hand lived her whole life relying on the care of her older siblings. She never learned to be self-reliant. The case of the Walls family is a perfect demonstration of how adversity in one’s life does in fact play a role in the development of their character. Their whole life, Lori, Jeannette, and Brian had to take care of themselves. Some days they would go without food and were forced to eat nothing but butter and sugar because their dad could never hold on to a job for very long and their mother refused to get one because she only wanted to pursue her dream to become an artist. As young kids, when they didn’t have any food, Jeannette would “find something in some other kid’s lunch bag” (Walls 68) at school or “grab something out of the refrigerator” (Walls 68) when visiting a friend’s house. Lori and Brian were also forced to

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