Prized Possessions Essay

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BaileyJasmine BaileyMs. ZahnerEnglish 11 Block 79 January 2014Prized Possessions In the book, Night, many people going through the horrible tragedy called the Holocaust. During this time many Jewish people lost their true identity. The Jewish were beaten and told what to do, pushed around, and were never able to speak for themselves; that was done for them. Many people today have hobbies, interest, talents, likes and dislikes that make us who we are. When someone suddenly does not have things to love, interest, like or dislike the elements that make up a person are gone, the characteristics used to make up a person are lost. My hobbies, likes and dislikes, interest and values make up my identity. When things are given to me from people that I love, I tend to value it, and it means a lot. Sentimental things that I own make me who I am, as well as many other things. If my identity were to be taken away from me I would be a blank person, someone who went along with everything and was pushed around on a Daily basis; much like the characters in Night. Though many people think that some small things like, people, gifts and achievements do not make up their full identity, it is true. There are three items that have had a part in who I am today; my sister, a gift, and a golf medal. Much like in Elie's life in the book Night, his father meant a lot to him, just like my sister to me Elie most likely would not be the same person if his dad was not in his life.There is a photo of me and my little sister, Alexis when we were younger which is always in a frame on my nightstand. My sister is a big reason why I am the person that I am today. Having her around has made me more of a leader; growing up the biggest thing that I wanted was for my sister to look up to me. She has also made me less selfish and stingy. I have had to share ever since I was two; it's a natural thing to me now. That has made up my identity in many ways, like personality traits. On my 16th birthday I had received a necklace and a small jewelry box from my godparents. I loved it the moment I received it. It was personalized with a personal message on the top. My godparents mean so much to me and I love having the jewelry box in my room all the time. I do not see them very often so it always reminds me of how sweet they really are. I've valued the jewelry box along with many other things that mean so much to me. The small things are what it has always been about for me. Last of all is my Gardner Edgerton golf medal. At the home meet I won first place. I've played golf since I was a little girl. Just like any other athlete, the sport has made me into a competitive person, but it has also made me very humble. I am the person that knows in order to get what you want you have to work for it, and work hard. All of these items have benefited me as a person.Words that others use to describe me are very important. They make me feel as if that is the person that I truly am, if others are saying it....

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