The Triumphant Individual – Train Dreams
This is the parable of the self-made man. This is describing the little guy who works hard takes risks, believes in himself, and earns wealth, fame and honor. He is a liner and a maverick, true to himself, plain speaking, self-reliant, uncompromising in his ideal. He gets the job done.
In Train Dreams the Triumphant Individual in none other than the main character, Robert Grainer. Robert Grainer is a prime example for this parable. From the beginning he had nothing, he was a orphaned child shipped to America that found happiness in his family but had everything taken away by a wildfire leaving him to start over again. He lost his family and thus was lost in despair and depression which brought his world tumbling down. What Robert achieves from his life of ash would be an inspirational story for anyone who reads.
“The greatest gift of life is friendship and I have received it
Huber H. Humphrey
Fashion Square Mall, Charlottesville, VA
This weekend my friends and I had a first-hand experience of the american lifestyle. Americans enjoy the weekend. Typical Americans work or go to school five days a week, typically Monday through Friday. Saturdays and Sundays are generally called the weekends. On weekends, many teens use it for leisure activities and other social opportunities. This weekend my friends and I went shopping in Fashion Square Mall in Charlottesville, Va, a common american thing to do for teens on the weekend. We bought clothes, ate and talked about the upcoming week and plans for the rest of the day.
Personally, I visited a couple of my favorite stores like ‘Foot Locker’, ‘Finish Line’, ‘Lids’ and a couple department stores like ‘JC Penny’ and ‘Belks and was graced by the never ending sales and discounts they are known for. While I was in foot locker I saw the most beautiful sneakers and could not resist the urge to buy them.
It’s simply GORGEOUS!!!
Apart from having a fit over shoes and I started picking out items for my first chapel day at STAB coming up this Wednesday, and I am quite excited for it. Mostly excited because I enjoy dressing up in formal attire and I have a really cool tie color I want to show off.
So my first weekend with STAB was pretty great. I got to spend it with great friends and got to experience a real American teenager experience.
The Great Scott
“When I came back from the East last autumn I felt that I wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever, I wanted no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart. Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction – Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn.”
What does Nick find so fascinating about Gatsby’s forthright nature…? Or is he just taking his fathers advice and accepting Gatsby because he has learned not to criticize.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”