FC: By Anchal G., Jonathan C., and Gabriela C. | The Risks
1: Copyright 2011
2: "Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun." - Kahlil Gibran | It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away.
3: Franklin Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States. He served from 1933-1945. The biggest risk he took was to become President during the Great Depression. He introduced the New Deal and saved America. If it weren't for that risk, the USA would've gotten even deeper in depression. Also, during WWII, when France fell, and England was attacked by Germany, Roosevelt helped them. Even though it was without military involvement, he was taking a risk by getting involved. By doing that, America was involved in WWII. But, that was a risk worth taking because if it weren't for our aid to France and Britain, they might have fallen under German control. Also, during the Great Depression, he passed the Norris-La Guardia Act which prevented government from breaking up any type of union. This was a risk because a lot of businessmen were infuriated by this. But, it was worth taking because the unions were asking for higher wages, and so they would spend more, and other people would earn more, thus ending the Depression. As president of the USA, Roosevelt took many risks, but in the end, they were all worth taking because they saved America from the Depression and also in WWII.
4: Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1929. She was the daughter of Otto Frank and Edith Hollnder. She, along with her family, moved to the Netherlands in 1933, when Hitler rose to power. However, in 1940, the Frank family was trapped in the Netherlands due to Nazi occupation. On July 5, 1942, Anne’s sister, Margot, received a notice to report to a labor camp. The next day, Otto Frank decided to go into hiding with his family in a secret room in his office building, hidden by a bookcase. They were joined by the Van Pels family and eventually, Fritz Pfeffer, a German dentist. When Margot received the notice to report to the labor camp, Anne Frank and her family took a risk by going into hiding in Otto’s office building. However, if they had not taken this risk, Margot would’ve been sent to a concentration camp and most likely would’ve have died. The other members of the Frank family would’ve probably experienced the same fate. Since Otto decided to go into hiding, he survived the Holocaust and his family was able to live for another two years. Also, Anne’s story is now known widely. That’s why I believe that this was a risk worth taking.
5: Nothing Is So Beautiful As Spring
7: In the book Of Mice and Men, George took a risk for Lennie by shooting him in the back of the head when Lennie killed Curley’s wife. Curley was going to kill him, but George wanted to remember Lennie as a friendship. George decided to go with the group to find Lennie first before Curley and everybody killed him. When ever Lennie is in trouble, George told him to hide behind the bushes. After Lennie killed Curley’s wife he went bizarre, he saw Aunt Clara and a giant rabbit. The giant rabbit said that if you won’t take care of the rabbits he will beat you with a stick. When George found Lennie before he killed him he told the story about “live off the fatta of the land.” When Gorge killed Lennie it was the same way when Carlson killed Candy’s dog. It was worth it because Lenny didn't die a horrible death like Curley had planned. He died from his friend. Another risk that George took was when Lennie ripped the women’s dress and they escaped Weed. This was a risk because George risked being caught. But he went with Lennie and took care of him instead of abandoning him.
8: Ruby Bridges took a test to see if she is going to an integrated school in September. The federal judge decided to let black children to go to school with white kids on Monday, November 14, 1960. She was one out of the six black children to go to an all white school. Three went to McDonough and the other two stayed at their old school. Ruby went to William Frantz Public School. On the first day there were guards in front of her and behind her. There were so many crowds of people they were yelling. Someone had a black doll in a coffin which scared her for life. Her teacher was Mrs. Henry, the classroom was on the second floor, and she took the front seat. At the end of the first day of school, her mom told her that if you're afraid say your prayers, and Ruby did the next day. Ruby ignored the crowds like her mom told her. At the end of this, there were no more guards and no protesters and they let blacks to go to an all white school. I think this risk was worth taking because Ruby ended up having a very good education, and became a travel agent. Also, she helped desegregate schools all over the country.
9: Nothing Is So Beautiful As Spring
10: Anne's risk was that she and her family went into hiding. George's risk is that when Lenny got in trouble at Weed, he went with him and escaped instead of leaving Lenny to fend for himself. Ruby's risk was that she had to go to an all-white new school, where people screamed at her and she didn't have any friends there. Roosevelt's risk was that he was President during the Great Depression and WWII, which were both extremely rough times for the USA. These were all risks that were worth taking, even though they had serious consequences. Anne got sent to a camp, George ended up having to kill Lenny, Ruby had to endure a lot of discrimination and violent threats, and Roosevelt had to face America during one of its worst times. If they hadn't taken these risks then their lives would've been completely different.
11: They all sacrificed something because of the risks they took. Anne sacrificed her old life, George had to sacrifice Lenny. Ruby had to give up her old school and friends, and Roosevelt risked letting America's economy worsen. All these risks were worth taking because even though there were consequences and sacrifices, it benefited them in the end. This question relates to us because we have all taken risks in our life. Whether is was horse-riding for the first time, riding a yak, or climbing a mountain, they were all risks that were scary at first, but then ended up having great rewards.