Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children And Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

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We all have special goals and things we aspire to be. Often times, things do not occur exactly how we want them to. Those types of situations can leave us feeling defeated, especially when they go in direct opposition of what we desire. However, thinking pessimistically will only make that situation worse. It is essential to think of that hint of positivity in what you think may be completely negative. Doing this can make the seemingly atrocious events in life a lot more tolerable. You can drastically modify those unfavorable outcomes, even when it feels as if the world is crashing down on you, by taking a positive view of its effects and realizing that everything is meant to happen for a specific reason.

Life can be very cruel to us at times; however, we can learn to cope with these nuisances by making the best of them. In Miss Peregrine’s, Jacob got caught in an unimaginable world: a continuous time loop where he was constantly living in the same day. “I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was” (Riggs, 347). Initially, Jacob was not even considering staying in the loop. Once he viewed his situation from more of an optimistic, hopeful perspective, he found that he belonged amongst the other peculiars. He developed a sort of infatuation and attachment to this brand new world that he was exposed to. It was this alternate universe where he felt valued, cherished, and important, emotions that he was not accustomed to feeling in his normal life. While the world might not work in your favor all the time, you can alter your situation in amazing ways just by focusing on what positive outcomes can come from it.

In another example from Miss Peregrine’s, Emma had to do a great deal of self realization about the complexities of her life. She really loved and cared for Abe; her absolute worst fear was him leaving the safety of the loop, being openly exposed to not only the war, but the wights and hollowgasts that preyed on peculiars like them. She had been very frantic for his promised return, making Jacob’s news of Grandpa Abe’s death even more overwhelming for her. Although this seemed to be an entirely heartbreaking outcome, Emma tried her best to move on from her past and focus on what was right in front of her. This ended up being beneficial to her in the long run because she developed a close connection with Jacob. She was a lot happier after reevaluating her situation, which made room for more positive things in her life. While most of us have not experienced this feeling to that extent, I think we can collectively reflect on a time where we were forced to, no matter how difficult it seemed, to let go of memories and focus on what lies ahead. As this might seem like a terrifying option, it absolutely must be done. We all know that nothing will change if we sit around and mope about how terrible life is. Neglecting to dwell on the past and focusing on the...

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