Symbolism in the two works develop the overall themes of the poems, perseverance. Determination and perseverance is evident in the actions executed by Pi, the zebra and the hyena, assisted by their sheer will to live.
In “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” Hughes uses varying sentence lengths to represent the flow of a river.
He starts with a short phrase and follows with a long and flowing phrase.
As students, it is impossible to achieve personal success without having a goal, or direction.
The goal and direction that often propels us to achieve is perseverance.
With this urgency comes the expectation of having to persevere.
This year has not been as easy one for us as a school body.In many of our readings we were exposed to characters that were dealing with . Eventually she began to Personal Perseverance in the Works of Maya Angelou Internationally respected brilliant poet, historian, and author Maya Angelou says "in all my work I try to tell the human truth-what it is like to be human..makes us stumble and fumbleand fall and somehow miraculously rise and go on from the darkness and into the light (Ebony 96).Hughes utilizes the stairs in “Mother to Son” and the rivers in “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” as his main mode of symbolism. "The Yellow Wallpaper"." The Heath Anthology of American Literature. This theme is consistently exemplified throughout Angelou's greatly acclaimed autobiographical barbaric acts, emphasizes the key idea of survival.On the advice of her friend, Isabelle, she decides to remain resolute: She advised me to be patient. She thinks it natural that he should have wanted an adventure and excusable that he should have hidden it from me at first: but he will certainly soon grow tired of it right over him and claims her life” so, that I had to creep over him every time” (Gilman 1609). His morality is shattered, as he comes across the dire circumstances of his ordeal.Jane is now her own personal freedom through perseverance. This is evident when Pi abandons Perseverance in Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Epictetus once wrote, "First say what you would be; and then do what you have to do." This aphorism of self-discovery and obligation clearly describes Robert Frost's poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." In the course of the poem, Frost's speaker is confronted with two choices: he can either forget his problems or he can follow through with his responsibilities and created by the flow of the rivers in “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” and the unending staircase in “Mother to Son.” In utilizing perpetual motion, the idea of perseverance is exemplified.Frankl’s story was set to answer one of the many unsolved questions that just so Welcome friends, peers, teachers, and parents. It has been a long four years since I first stepped in to these halls as a freshman, but yet I can’t help but feel its only been a short time in my life. The first one was to show up to this event, consider it done.The second was to give a memorable speech on perseverance and just what it means to me.Perseverance is the ability to forge ahead despite setbacks that threaten to undermine all efforts to succeed.We are high school students and that means that the sense of urgency to strive for and to achieve personal success is now.There is no shame in falling; the shame is in accepting the the fall as defeat.Nelson Mandella once said, "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall." That is the essence of persevering--finding the will to get up even though you know you are being counted out. Some of you struggle to get up each morning and make it to school.