This is Jonas. In the book, The Giver, Jonas and many of his friends receive special training when they are the age of twelve. Jonas is selected to be a Receiver of Memory. In his training The Giver gives to Jonas memories of the past about pain joy and colors that Jonas had never seen before. In the memories Jonas learns that the world he lives in now was not always like that. In his training he learned so much about what there was and what is coming. He even found it harder to understand his friends and the actions made by the elders of the community. He also wanted to share the memories he received with the entire community. In the text it states that Asher and Fiona were playing a game that made Jonas recall on a memory of war. He felt uncomfortable and he told them not to play it again.
To overcome this problem Jonas did an outstanding thing. In the text Jonas found out that his father was the one releasing children. He was worried about Gabriel and he couldn’t share the memories with the community like he wanted to so he took Gabriel and they left the community to go to “Elsewhere”. I think it took Jonas a lot of courage to leave his family and friends in the community. He still overcame his feelings and abandoned his community taking all of the memories with him.
Adam is a boy who likes to run, because of this he is given the nickname Zebra. His nickname compares him to a zebra running through the African plains. One day his love and passion was taken away from him as he ran into a moving car. After the incident he was taken to the hospital and he found out that he had broken his arm. In the text it states he was running down a hill when he was about to turn a corner an he was hit by a car.
Adam meets a man named John Wilson. He helped Adam deal with his problem. John was a veteran of the Vietnam War and that is how he lost his arm. John goes to Adam’s school and applies to be an art teacher. In the text John asks Adam if he is interested in the summer art class and Adam takes it and learns to accept What happened to him and to not take it as his fault. John Wilson played a big part in Adams change of nature.
Lance Armstrong is an actual person who wrote a book called It’s Not About the Bike. Lance used to have cancer but he was also a famous cycler. His disease was very aggressive and it almost pushed him off the edge but he kept fighting. In the text it states that his doctors and nurses were very kind to him and that they were like angels sent from above to help him.
Lance Armstrong held tight and managed to survive cancer with a little bit of help from his doctors. In his hospital he probably thought about his cycling days ahead of him that he could not afford to give up. In the text it states that he would train extremely hard for these competitions. I guess that Lance didn’t want his hard work to go to waste so he fought on to overcome the disease and he did.
These three people have struggled in some point of their life. They all had difficult problems to face. Each and every one of them could have given up but they didn’t. They kept going in spite of problems they face along the way. These three people actually mirror the concept of perseverance.