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 American Literature

Final Project Example: Overcoming Adversity

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Overcoming Adversity

For my bulletin board presentation I would first start off with a picture of a horse stuck in the mud trying to pull a plough out with a man behind him pushing him from behind. It would make reference to O' Pioneers and the struggles they had to overcome.

I would then move to a picture with the theme "Overcoming Adversity" on it. The central theme of all the stories that we read was that there was some significant adversity to overcome and how they overcame it.

I would then go to a picture of a black slave being whipped by a slave owner and another slave on the ground bleeding.

I would then slide to a picture of Fredrick Douglass speaking on a podium and explain the adversity that he had to overcome in his life and how he did it.

I would then move on to a picture of Elian Gonzalez being held captive by his Miami relatives, and then move to the cover of Ruth Hall and explain how she had to overcome the controlling power of her mother-in-law to regain custody of her child, and also with all the hard times that she went through so she could regain her child.

I would then move to a picture of a Harlem scene, and explain how Lutie tried her best to overcome much of the adversity she was faced with.

I would then once again fade to the picture of the horse and go into detail what the Bergsons had to overcome while they were on the frontier.

I would then leave the audience with a quote from Theodore Roosevelt entitled "Victory" which states, "It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points how the wise man stumbled, or how the strong man failed, rather it is the one who is marred with sweat and dust and blood, who strives valiantly, and who errs again and again, but if he fails at least he fails while bearing greatly so that his place is not with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

I would then remind the audience that we all have the power to overcome any obstacles in our lives, and then wish them the power to stand up to adversity.