Sunday, February 26, 2012

The beginning; the prologue.

Purple Heart : Prologue : Ta'afuli Andrew Fiu : Pages xx - xx
"The Purple Heart is an American decoration, the oldest military decoration in the world in present use and the first American award made available to the common soldier. It was initially created as the Badge of Military Merit by one of the world's most famous heroes, General George Washington."
"the ideas, the techniques, my personal reaction, and the links to the real world"
// A small summary of the book and a bit about the author:
Purple heart is based on a Samoan named 'Ta'afuli Andrew Fiu' who migrated to New Zealand in 1970 at three years old with his parents and younger brother from a small province of Apia in Western Samoa. Ta'afuli was diagnosed with Rheumatic fever at the mere age of fourteen and had undergone five open heart surgeries - currently a world record.

/ Ideas:
x That your family, friends and dear ones are the ones that encourages, pushes and gives you the strength to keep on moving forward.
x That no matter how life threatening your situation is, your closes people are there to support you and forever stick by your side until the end.
x That you don't have to be American or serve in any wars to have a 'purple heart' because throughout someone's life, you have your own conflicts and casualties to deal with.
x That other's may have given up on you, but you shouldn't give up on yourself.

/ Techniques: 
x Repetition - "five times" Emphasizes the amount of times he has had open heart surgery.
x Alliteration - "fabulous family"

/ Personal Reaction:
Reading the prolouge, I found it quite impressive as to how many times he's had surgeries performed on his heart. It made me think of all the pain and suffering he had to go through since a very young age. He was consistantly living in hospitals being monitored every single waking hour, tolerating the pain which was being inflicted on him from the inside, and also induring each and every time he had surgery, hoping he would be able to see a new day. But even through all that, his family and everyone else who was close to him were there to support him. If it were me in his position, I wouldn't have been able to handle anything he had to cope with during all that, I would have probably been emotionally unstable and start doubting life, maybe even trying to end it all so that I wouldn't have to continue the miserable life I was leading.

/ Real World: 
x Every person goes through life threatening situations, some might be more serious than others, but it's still pain we have to deal with somehow.
x No matter how distant you are with your family members, they are always there to support you in times of need.

1 comment:

  1. I am humbled by this post. You give me credit yet we can all endure.

    Ta'afuli Andrew