The Glass Castle Essay Assignment

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The Glass Castle Essay Assignment


*There will be no rough draft. The draft you turn in will be graded.

“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you'd ever believe at first glance.”
Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper
“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that's good.”
Elizabeth Edwards (UK)
The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.”
Robert Jordan, The Fires of Heaven
“No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That's the only way to keep the roads clear.”
Greg Kincaid
“There’s no such thing as ruining your
life. Life’s a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.”
Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess

Using one or more of the quotations above and/or your own ideas, define the meaning of human resilience. In other words, what does it mean to be resilient? Is a person’s ability to be resilient drawn from external or internal sources? Is it a combination of both?

The Glass Castle is said to be a “remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption…” Use this memoir as evidence to support your definition.
You DO NOT have to use research, but if you do…IT MUST BE CITED! Use MLA format for citations.

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