True Courage

Alina P.

True Courage

       Have you ever wanted the courage to do something even though victory seems impossible? In the stories “Abuela Invents the Zero”, and “The All-American Slurp”, the two protagonists, Connie and the Lin daughter, try to gain the audacity they need to overcome a certain task. True temerity will never let you give up even if triumph seems futile.

       First, to gain courage you have to accept what you’re facing. The Lin daughter tries to fit in the new American culture. For example, when she and Meg went to get milkshakes, Meg starts to slurp, something that the Lin daughter was too embarrassed to do. And in Connie’s case, when she took her Abuela to mass, she got lost and started to walk around. Connie, who was mortified, didn’t go help her. Both characters in the story realized that they have to accept what is happening in their lives and confront it with a positive and respectful attitude.

       Secondly, gallantry takes responsibility of one’s actions. Connie was responsible for her grandmother and didn’t go to her rescue when she got lost during mass. Due to her intense embarrassment, she didn’t have the courage to go and get her. But her parents trusted her when she would take the car to take her friends to the mall in their car. And the Lin daughter was responsible toward her family, however. She would go buy things at the supermarket when they needed it. Both heroines learn that to be courageous, they need to be responsible of their actions.

       Also, respect is another important factor when it comes to courage. For example, when the Gleasons go to the Lin’s house, they weren’t afraid to be themselves. They would take a stack load of food and mix it together. The Lin daughter realized that to be an American, she had to respect herself and not to compare herself to other people. Connie also learned an important lesson on obeisance. She didn’t treat Abuela with the type of respect that anybody would want. For example, she wouldn’t go help her during mass just because she didn’t want to get embarrassed and instead of walking with her family, she would stay back as far as possible when they walked on the street. Both protagonists learn that they need to respect themselves and people around them.

      In conclusion, the two individuals learn that courage isn’t about defeating a big, scary monster, but really, courage is about confronting problems that are happening in life. They learn that life just isn’t about fitting in and trying to be someone that they’re not, but embracing who they are and where they’re from. Both heroines’ lives grew richer from the people around them and learn to gain the courage they need to overcome a certain task even if victory seems impossible.