Language Arts 7
11 March 2018
One Event That Can Change A Person’s Life
“It’s frightening how one day, one moment, one event, can change your life completely” -Unknown. Often, experiencing an important event brings about the change in thought. In the stories “At the Crossroads”, “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley”, and “Little Things Are Big” Scrooge, Jesus, and Nick undergo a major change as the result of a sudden events in their lives.
In the play “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley”, the character of Scrooge under goes a change from a cruel miser to a joyful, generous individual as a result of visits from three spirits. The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future show Scrooge events from his life that cause him to realize that making changes in his life will positively affect him and others around him. “Spirit! Hear me! I am not the man I was. I will not be the I would have been, but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope?” Therefore, Scrooge realizes that he should be nicer and kinder to his friends, family, and coworkers to have a more meaningful life (My Perspectives page #284).
In the nonfiction story “Little Things Are Big”, Jesus Colon goes from being optimistic to being altruistic, when he encounters a white woman who is struggling with her family. Jesus realized that a white man helped the family, Jesus felt bad as he left the train. He decided to offer his help if he was ever in that situation again. “If I’m ever faced with an occasion like that again, I am going to offer my help regardless of how the offer is going to be received.” As a result, Jesus realized that he should offer his help to anyone if they are struggling (Little Things Are Big).
In the nonfiction story “At the Crossroads”, Nick Kleckner changed as a result of a 2,500-mile cross country walk. Throughout the walk he realized the walk he realized that mankind was better than he thought. Also, that the idea is always to give more than you receive. “But whenever he felt that he had more than he needed, he decided to ‘pay it forward’ by giving too other folks he encountered on his way.” As a result, Nick learned that if you share what you have you’ll never be alone (At the Crossroads).
In the conclusion, all of these people changed their thoughts and became kinder. They all changed to have a more loving and meaningful life. Also, to help others and not just yourself.