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Courage

Author: 
Sanjar A.

      Have you ever been scared? Some people are afraid to do everyday things like take a test. Some people also find it hard to try something new like ride a bike for the first time. In the stories, “Abuela Invents the Zero” and “The All-American Slurp”, the protagonists are afraid to do something, but do it anyway. This means that these protagonists have courage. Courage is being scared, but going on anyway.
     First, in the story, “Abuela Invents the Zero” Connie didn’t want to take abuela to mass because she was embarrassed to be around abuela, but she took her to mass anyway because if she didn’t she couldn’t go to the mall. At mass, abuela embarrassed Connie by singing out loud in a creaking voice and by having to sit in one particular seat, which she squeezed through people to get to. After mass, Abuela felt worthless since Connie didn’t help her when she was lost at mass and instead of Connie, a stranger helped abuela back to her seat. Even though it wasn’t easy, Connie admitted to herself that she was acting like a jerk.  
      Also, it takes courage to change. In the story, “The All-American Slurp”, the Lin family tries their best to fit in and to be a real American family. The Lins kept trying to fit in, even when some members of the family were afraid that they might make another mistake and embarrass themselves. One example is when the Lins went to the Gleasons’ dinner party, where they were tearing strips off celery stalks and everyone was staring at them; the daughter in the Lin family was mortified. Then, the daughter in the Lin family bought jeans and wore them to school in order to fit in with the other kids. After that, the Lins had their own dinner party to fit into their new neighborhood. Even after incidents occurred, the Lins kept trying to fit in even when there was a chance that they might embarrass themselves, which led them to becoming a real American family.
      However, you shouldn’t be afraid to be yourself. In “The All-American Slurp”, Meg (a member of the Gleasons) doesn’t care much about what others think and she isn’t afraid to be herself. For example, when the Lins had a dinner party, Meg had a heaping plate of food and everyone was staring at her, but she didn’t care. Another example is when Mr.Gleason ate a pea with his fingers at the Lins’ dinner party and everyone was staring at him and Mr.Gleason didn’t care. One more example is when Meg and the daughter in the Lin family went to a milkshake shop for milkshakes. At the Dairy Queen, Meg slurped in the restaurant while other people were present because she said all Americans slurp.
      In conclusion, courage is being scared, but going on anyway. In the stories “Abuela Invents the Zero” and “The All-American Slurp”, both protagonists were afraid to do something, but did then it anyway to receive something of greater value. However, if you are afraid to be yourself you can’t reveal your true self to anyone unless you have courage. Although this can be true, people should sometimes face their fears because there is a chance that his/her bravery can help him/her receive something of greater value.          

JT