November 30, 2004

Legendary lesson teacher

A lesson learned can come in many forms, whether it be a consequence of an action, a formatted class room lecture, the consequence of someone elses action, a movie, a book; many resources can provide a person with an expanded insight into something.

Many fictional (or maybe not so fictional) characters exist in fables, morals or stories, all of which teach a lesson of some sort. A few such that one may have heard of are:John Henry, Paul Bunyan, and Pecos Bill. All of these men have performed extraordinary feats, although not all have taught a lesson, it still lingers in the readers mind whether or not they actually exist. Lets examine John Henry as an example.

"John Henry was a railroad man, he worked from six 'till five"(Stanza 1).
This sounds pretty normal to me, a railroad worker, a eleven hour shift, a little longer than the typical 8 hour, 9-5 day, but still, normal life occurance.

"Before that steam drill shall beat me down, I'll die with my hammer in my hand."
Also pretty typical, manly pride, wanting to beat out everything else to be the winner(sorry any members of the male persuasion, but you know that sometimes deep down inside you want to be the best:))

The rest of the of the early version sounds normal as well, John Henry fights for what he believes in, he dies in the process, his wife is sad, sounds like something thats often experienced. So, John Henry taught a powerful lesson, don't give up, and fight for what you believe in. A popular lesson that most try to teach their kids, "Quitters never win, and winners never quit". John Henry may very well be a real person, he may just as equally be nothing more than a fictional character, either way, hes remembered, discussed, and even investigated. Whether real or imagined, he has made an impact, and thats really all that matters.

Posted by Lori Rupert at November 30, 2004 07:08 PM
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