Perseverance Essay, Research Paper


People wonder what perseverance is? According to The America Heritage Dictionary perseverance means: To persist in or remain constant to a purpose, idea, or task in spite of obstacles. In the book, The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, the main character Santiago shows many ways of perseverance. Perseverance was seen in Santiago throughout The Old Man and the Sea, and was also seen in my life when I was in my last year of hockey.

In The Old Man and the Sea Santiago showed some ways of perseverance. One way he showed determination was when he had never gave up on his marlin. After Santiago had caught the marlin he never let it go. Some examples were when ever the sharks had seen the marlin and started to attack it, Santiago did his best to fight then off no matter how much meat the sharks kept taking off. Santiago kept hitting then, and he never gave up. Another way was when had survived and gone eight-five days with no luck at all. He had not caught anything for eight-five days. He had not eaten for that long either. He had pretended to have food and pretended to eat food. He just kept going and he was determined to get a fish.

Similar to Santiago throughout The Old Man and the Sea, perseverance was seen in my life when I had played hockey. We had are championship game. I had played goalie in this game. By the second half the score was two to zero. We were losing when it came to the third quarter. We were determined to win. I had pumped the team up with spirit. We had scored two goals. Then there was 1 minute left in the last quarter. Our captain was on a break away and he scored. At the end we had ended up winning. I learned that if you give up you’d never know what you are capable of.

A person can do many things as long as you don’t give up. Perseverance is what makes people succeed in life. I think only through challenging yourself will you find out what you are truly capable of.

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