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The Crucible
In The Crucible, John Proctor is a character who has made some pretty big mistakes in his past. He had an affair with Abigail Williams, who will do anything to tear Proctor and his wife apart. Proctor realizes his mistake, and feels bad about it. Despite his wrongdoing, he learns from it and fixes his relationship from his wife.


The Village
In M. Night Shyamalan's The Village, Ivy Elizabeth Walker has to deal with blindness every day of her life. While for most people, this would be a major setback, Ivy, being as optimistic and outgoing that she is, finds a way to live her life to its full potential. She doesn't let her disability get her down. Ivy rises above it to become the brave heroic character that she is.


The Secret Life of Bees
Lily Owens in The Secret Life of Bees can really relate to my personal philosophy. Lily experienced some true tragedies in her life. She accidentally shot her own mother when she was an infant, and had to grow up living with an abusive father. Going through something like this would depress most people, but Lily rose above it. She made a bold move to set off to discover not only herself, but a true home, which eventually led to her ultimate happiness.


A Rose for Emily
In A Rose for Emily, Emily "fell" many times, as she experienced the deaths of many of her loved ones. Instead of using her bad pastimes as learning experiences, she dwelled on the negative constantly and made herself more depressed. If she would have just lived by this personal philosophy: "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but rising everytime we fall", she would have created a much happier life for herself.


The Lottery
In The Lottery, the corrupt society could have learned a lot from this personal philosophy statement. They just needed to realize their lifestyle was corrupt and was causing their society to "fall" backwards instead of advancing. They should have learned from the pain and suffering the lottery caused, and rose above their mistakes to improve their society.


"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but rising everytime we fall", is a very Romantic way of thinking. Romanticism deals a lot with self-improvment, and self-fulfillment. This quote really relates to that a lot, because if one would live by this philosophy, one would create for them selves a much more productive and happy life.


Self Reliance, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, deals with the power of the individual. He states, "Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist." In order to improve yourself and "rise every time you fall", you must rely on yourself. You have the most power over yourself to motivate and encourage you to rise above all the tragedies that happen in life, and learn from them, so you can lead a happier, more fulfilling life. Ralph Waldo Emerson also believes that one should "finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." That is a very true statement because it really supports that "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but rising everytime we fall."


Transcendentalism deals a lot with "falling", or experiencing tragedies, because many of the transcendentalists suffered some sort of tragedy and felt it necessary to go on their journeys to satisfy their thirst to find something greater and better themselves to bring them complete satisfaction. Chris McCandless, for example, was one of many transcendentalists who "rose" above his corrupt past to begin the search to find his true self and bring about inner peace.


The Great Gatsby
In The Great Gatsby, the characters are constantly facing obstacles in their lives. The main character, Gatsby, devotes his whole life to getting with Daisy. Every time he makes progress, he seems to go right back where he started. But every time he falls he rises back up again and never gives up. However, he focuses only on the constant cycle of failure and success and it ultimately leads to his downfall. So, although it is important to rise above your failure, you can't concentrate solely on it.


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The characters in this novel are constantly dealing with failure, mostly dealing with their relationships. They dwell on love and don't always find it in the right way. But they persist: "And there I was, wanting to run off into my future. It was right then when I needed that feeling to guide me, but it wasn't anywhere in sight. Only me." (pg. 70) They let their failure hold them back and they concentrated on love and love only. It was a great burden to have: "It was like being at the bottom of an ocean... There was no light and a whole ocean crushing down on you. But most peoplehad gotten so used to it they thought it normal, they forgot even that their was a world above." (pg. 81)
"I wasn't going to stop. I was going to fly." (pg. 69)

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