To Build a Fire: Essay

The Yukon, the Klondike Gold Rush, Dawson’s Creek, all in the era of 1896. Jack London sets the setting of cold winter months, in the Yukon, of a young man traveling solo. Within the short story, there are supporting details that show the relationship between man and nature. He travels alone in the lands on the fridging cold temperatures of the Yukon along with the companion of a dog. When the man attempts to use a few survival ways, he begins to run into troubles with the power of nature itself. Nature was greater than man in his way of building a fire to warm himself, punishing him for disobeying the old timers law, and by just ignoring the fact that he was warned about the law but chose to disobey it. The young man decides to travel alone in a hostile environment and realizes that the power of nature is greater than man himself.

The man makes a decision that he should build a fire to provide warmth for himself as he stumbles into troubles with nature on his way to a mining camp. He decides to build a fire underneath a tree along the Yukon pathway to the mining camp. The man pulled the branches from the tree and the little branches would drop into the fire, which would keep the warmth up. Every time he would pull a branch from the tree he would cause a slight imperceptible agitation to the tree which the freight of snow on the branches all came down onto the nicely built fire. Nature overpowered man when it came to using his survival skills to stay alive. He needed the fire to keep warm, which would later help him keep trudging through the Yukon and make it to the mining camp. In this case, if the man would have thought of a smarter place to build the fire, man might have had the chance to overpower nature. Instead the man decides to build it under the tree.

In this story, there was a law that the man remembered that stated no man must travel alone in the Klondike after fifty below. He was aware of this law but instead he went ignoring the law even though he knew what might be the consequences. He continued on like there was nothing holding him back except for the fact that nature was not on his side. Nature in fact seemed like it was against him for disobeying the law and disregarding that he didn’t show much respect for nature. The story supports the fact that nature is against the man and continues punishing him every step of the way along the Yukon. The man rather thought that the old timers were more womanish than he thought he was. He had believed that if you kept your goal in your mind and didn’t lose thought, he would be able to get to the mining camp all by himself. His mind was set that any man who was a real, true man, could make it across the harsh climate of the Yukon. The actions he shows are supporting evidence that the man does not respect the powers of the natural world. His mind is set that he can make it across the Yukon because he believes that he can do it, except for the fact in the end it didn’t end in his favour.

The man in this story starts a battle he cannot win. The odds are not in his best favor as the story goes on and with every . It almost seems as if nature is punishing him for disobeying the old timers warning about the law as he continues his adventure throughout the Yukon. He is first punished with the coldness of the Yukon, which then turns into numbness of his fingers and outer extremities. Frostbite soon takes over his body and begins affecting his body and ways of doing skills to survive. He falls into the water and wets his moccasins which then makes his feet even more cold, causing his own body to freeze. He is unable to start and keep a fire burning, as he makes a fire under a tree and the tree’s branches freight burns out the fire. He soon is unable to feel any part of his body and everything begins to slowly feel warm and that is when nature overpowered man and he did not win the battle. Nature in this case had overpowered man in that relationship.

Throughout this story, nature seemed to outsmart man in numerous ways in which the man’s survival skills didn’t work out the way he wanted. In the end, nature had overpowered man by interrupting his survival skills, punishing him for disobeying the law that the old timer had warned him of and lastly, starting a battle he knew he could not possibly win. The battle against nature that simply no man could have a chance of winning against unless smarter than nature. The lesson learned that if you choose to disobey a law told by an old timer, and travel alone in the frigid cold weather of Yukon, the odds of you overpowering nature is harder than most think.

 

To Build a Fire: Research – Gather Facts

First Large settlement in Yukon:

Dawson’s city was the first large settlement in the Yukon. It was founded by George Mercer Dawson who at the time was the founder of the Geological Survey Of Canada and was the leader of the expedition that had explored the region in 1887. For fifty-five years while the creation of the Yukon was occurring, Dawson’s city was the capital city of the Yukon.

https://dawsoncity.ca/discover-dawson/

History: 

In 1896, the Klondike Gold Rush changed a first nations camp into a thriving city of 40,000 by 1898. After the Gold Rush, the population of Dawson’s city had plummeted and all but 8,000 people had left, leaving once what was a capital city now a population of a town.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawson_City

Transportation: 

  1. Airport – Dawson’s city airport which was located 15 km east of the town. This airport was able to carry an aircraft with up to 30 people on board.
  2. Klondike highway – it was open year round from Whitehorse
  3. Winter Transportation – you could enter Dawson’s city by snowmobile or dog sled.
  4. Boats – there was no boats except for the Highway 9 ferry boat. Although it was usable except during the winter months, it was historically used by riverboats.
  5. Rail – there was no railway.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawson_City

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To Build a Fire – Literature Studies: Short Story Theme

I think that the authors theme is about a man who decides to travel alone in a hostile environment and the power of nature is greater than man himself.

1. When the man decided to build a fire underneath a tree – this is an example of nature vs. man. When the man decided that building the fire under the tree was a good idea, or even a bad mistake to build it under there. He would pull the branches from the tree and they would drop into the fire. Every time he would pull a branch from the tree he would cause a slight imperceptible agitation to the tree in which the freight of snow on the branches all came down onto the nicely built fire. Nature had over powered the man in a way that he couldn’t overpower nature.

2. the law that no man must travel alone in the Klondike after fifty below – when the old timer had warned the man about the law, he went ignoring the law even though he knew what might be the consequences. That action shows that the man does not respect the powers of the natural world.

3. man starts a battle he cannot win – the odds are not in his best favor as the story goes on. It almost seems as nature is punishing him for disobeying the old timers warning about the law as he continues his adventure throughout the Yukon. He is first punished with the coldness of the Yukon, which then turns into numbness of his fingers and outer extremities. Frostbite soon takes over his body and begins affecting his body and ways of doing skills to survive. He falls into the water and wets his moccasins which then makes his feet even more cold, causing his own body to freeze. He is unable to start and keep a fire burning, as he makes a fire under a tree and the tree’s branches freight burns out the fire. He soon is unable to feel any part of his body and everything begins to slowly feel warm and that is when nature over powered man and he did not win the battle.

To Build a Fire – Respond to the Story

  • The author writes of the main character, “The trouble with him was that he was without imagination.” Why would it be important to have imagination living and traveling in a harsh climate? What other characteristics or qualities does the man have? How are these demonstrated?

– When you are travelling in an unexpected environment that is not like your everyday places, you need to be able to be creative. You could need to come up with solutions to any unexpected or unexplained situation that may occur. You would need to make sure you can make up things in your head because you are unaware of what might occur. If you lack imagination, you are more likely to only choose ways of doing everyday ways you have knowledge on rather than being creative and exploring. In this story case, the man doesn’t have much imagination as he travels and it effects his way of survival. He is only choosing to do certain things the way he knows and not by creativity.  With imagination you can have a sense of when the weather could be changing from cold to even harsher, extreme weather. A sense of survival is also another important quality to have in this type of climate because if you don;t have any type of survival skills, you will have a hard time adapting to a different environment. In this book, the man doesn’t have any imagination which is hindering his ability to have some survival skills. He attempts to make fire for warmth but many of the times this fails, such as when the tree drops snow on the fire causing it to go out.

  • When did you first suspect that the man was going to die? How is his death foreshadowed?

– There were multiple foreshadows in the book that showed the man was probably going to die but the very first foreshadow that made me realize was when the author said the land was described to have an “intangible pall over the face of things.” An intangible pall was the untouchable or unreal feeling of death. That foreshadowed that possibly the man was feeling death but couldn’t quite decipher what it was that he was feeling.

  • Who or what is the “enemy” in this story? How did the man deal with this enemy? What type of conflict is developed in this story?

– I believe that the enemy in this book was truly only himself. Besides the dog and the man, there were no other interactions with any character form what we read. It was a man vs. self which created conflict in the book. He was the one who chose to make a fire under the tree, if only he could have thought before hand that it probably wasn’t the smartest idea. He made every decision by himself which truly lead him to die. If he would have used a little bit more imagination, he possibly still could have made it back to camp to this day. HE made the path for which died on and made it impossible for himself to have nay type of survival skills.

  • Why do you think Jack London gives no name to the man or dog?

– I feel like Jack London chose not to give the characters any names because he wanted to provide his readers with a sense of that the situation that happened in this book could happen to anyone, no matter the gender. If you provide a name in the story, usually it generally makes whatever happens in the story, can only happen to those like the character. I think its a good idea with what Jack London did because it really brings the reader into focus and be aware of what’s happening.

  • What examples in the story can you find that tell you it was written a long time ago? Could the events in the story occur today? Why or why not?

– Now a days only few people wear moccasins. In this story, the man was wearing moccasins when he was travelling through the Yukon, where now people would use the great big old sorrels to protect their feet from wetness or coldness. When the man gets himself into trouble, like with the wet moccasins, the fires etc., people in these days would have used some type of electronic to call for help, when they are in trouble. In the book, they mention the Klondike Gold Rush, which took place in the late 1800’s. That is another clue for this book being written a long time ago. The events in the story probably wouldn’t occur in today’s world because we have developed ways that would help us in those situations rather than what the man had with him in the story.

The Michelle I Know – Short Story

The Significant Change

The waiting room was crowded that even an elephant couldn’t fit anywhere in the room. It seemed like one of the busiest days in Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, except for it wasn’t any special day of the year. My family was sitting in a row, the four of us, my Mom, Dad, my younger sister, Tessa, and I. It wasn’t just an ordinary day for my family, instead the day we were all dreading. My sister had an appointment with the neurologist, to find out why my sisters was having headaches to the point it was turning into migraines. We prayed day in, and day out that my sister would be perfectly fine and might just be stress headaches but we weren’t a hundred percent sure in this case. Waiting in the waiting room felt like time was paused and everything was at a standstill. My family trusted the doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital and knew that the care they would provide for my sister would be top notch.

My sister, Tessa, was the nicest ten year old anyone could ever meet. She always had a smile on her face, no matter how she was feeling that day. She had the eyes like an ocean, crystal, bright blue eyes. Her hair was a medium length, almost past her armpits, and a nice dirty-blonde colour tinge to it. She was always laughing and making others around her feel a sense of happiness rush through them. My sister was truly the most amazing sister a girl could ask for.

“Tessa Garth”, said the nurse from behind the desk. We all stood up and started walking towards the desk, in which the nurse came out from behind and lead us to a patient room.

“My name is Nurse Becca, Dr Shepard will be in here soon”.

My sister went and took a seat on the bed in the patient room while my parents and I sat in the chairs. After waiting for what felt like more than five minutes, we heard a slight faint sound of someone knocking on the door. All of a sudden, in comes Dr. Shepard, the neurologist at Grey Sloan. He sat down in the chair next to the computer that had Tessa’s chart already inputted on. He began doing his normal check up routines such as shining a light in her eyes to check the pupils, reflexes and numerous more standard routines. After asking some questions about her everyday life, Dr Shepard removed himself from the patient room and returned a few minutes later with a conclusion.

The face he had returned in the room with was the one you’d have when you find out bad news but don’t quite know how to tell someone. He tried so hard not to show it in his face, but we had been to countless numbers of doctors that we knew when there was bad news. We had appreciated the way he came in trying to keep the room positive but we wanted to know what was wrong so we could find an approach to fixing it before it was too late.

“I am truly sorry for what I am about to tell you, but there are steps to cope with what it is I must tell you.”

“Tessa has a mild brain tumour that is pushing against her frontal lobe, in which is causing her headaches and other symptoms she is experiencing.”

My mother burst into tears, in which flowed so fast it was like the current in a river. She tried to contain her tears and hold them in but she just physically could not. Dr Shepard explained what steps we could take, such as her having surgery tonight. My parents both agreed to the surgery even though there were possible complications involving it. They made it clear that they would rather them try removing it than it becoming worse.

Six hours later, the nurses came in to prep my sister for surgery. It was the most scariest time for me and my family. All we could do was pray that this surgery would work for most of the part.

We went out and took a seat in the waiting room, where we waited to get called in this morning. The amount of people waiting in the room had gone down so much that an elephant could actually fit. We waited and waited, hoping for the best news we could receive when we seen the doctor come out of the hallway.

“We removed the whole tumour, except the outcome after the surgery is unknown at this point in time”, said Dr Shepard.

My parents jumped up in joy and went and gave the doctor a huge hug. They were so happy that Tessa made it out of the surgery. My grandpa had surgery on the same thing that Tessa had gotten done today and he never made it through the surgery. It was a huge burden that was lifted off of my parents shoulder knowing that she made it through. I almost cried of relief knowing that my sister made it out alive.

After a couple hours my sister was put in the ICU to be monitored for a few hours to see if she was responsive after the long surgery she was put through. They had to watch and make sure her organs were still working after having strain put on them. My parents and I sat by her bedside. All we heard was the tiny beeps from the heart monitor in the room. Her heart rate was stable. Out of the blue, her eyelids started flicking open. My mom jumped up out of the chair she was sitting on and ran out the sliding doors to alert the nurse that she was waking up.

The doctor came rushing into the room, almost like he was on a mission. He bent overly ever so slightly and began saying my sisters name. At first I was a little confused as to why he was doing this, but then it came to me as why he was. He was trying to see if Tessa was responsive to her surrounding.

My sister’s eyes opened up fully, almost like a camera lense when it is first used. Her mouth began to slowly open up to the point where words used to escape through it, except there was nothing. A breath of pure air was the only thing that had escaped through the open mouth. My parents began trembling at the thought of their daughter losing her speech.

My sister talked non stop at home, and when I mean non stop I mean like a circle with no escape. It frightened em at the thought of never hearing my sister’s sweet voice ever again.

“Dr. Shepard, will my daughter ever speak again?”, said by my mom who had this worried look on her face.

The doctor had explained how this was one of the common side effects of the surgery my sister had. My mom took a huge breath in and tried holding back the tears she preferred not to shed in front of my sister who had zero clue of what was happening. My mom took my sisters hand in her other hand and held her hand tight showing that she was going to be just fine.

After a week in the hospital, a young women, maybe in her early twenties, walked into the room and introduced herself. I read the name tag that was on the left side in the shirt. Her name was Allie, blonde hair and blue eyes. As soon as she introduced herself, she explained thats she was the speech pathologist and that Dr Shepard had sent her down here to talk about options for sign language and family ways to cope with this. My family had agreed to the idea of this as they knew that Tessa would never earn her speech back and we would all have to cope with this somehow. My parents and the lady doctor discussed a day and time when the first appointment would start and all the further appointments from then on. As they continued talking, Dr. Shepard walked in and told us that my sister would be able to leave that night as she was all healed after a week long of monitoring her. That was the best new my parents and I had heard all week.

Eight o’clock had reached and the nurse came into the room with discharge papers for my sister. We packed up all her belongings and headed home for the night after such a long day.

The next day was the first day of my family’s speech coping lessons. We learnt ways of coping with my sisters loss of speech and we started learning the basics of sign language to communicate with her. Doing these coping mechanisms really bought our family closer in terms of working together. My parents knew that doing these speech therapies would definitely be a benefit in the long run.

After weeks of speech therapy we were finally able to communicate with my sister in terms of sign language. As time went on, things had become a routine and were becoming easier for us. This was definitely a significant change that changed the way we lived. Although we were so grateful that my sister had survived through this all. Learning how to cope with these drastic changes in my families life to make my sister feel included was definitely a great idea.  

The Michelle I Know – Response Questions

Who is the hero in this story? Explain why you think so.

  • I believe that Claude is the hero in this story because like Michelle he has also suffered from leukemia. He knows what it feels like and he talks with Michelle and kind of brings a sense of happiness to her, making her feel like she will always have a friend like him who has gone through the same thing and won’t just stop talking to her because she has cancer. He was a friend to talk to and gave her some hope that everything will be just fine. A hero in my opinion is a person who show courage and brings hope into someone’s lives, no matter the state of that the person is in. Claude still managed to make Michelle happy even though he was ill. Claude helps bring Michelle this inner feeling of determination to fight and keep hoping.Image result for hero images

What is the turning point? In what way does Michelle change?

  • I feel like the turning point in Michelles life is when Michelle is talking with her secret admirer, Claude, she asks him a question that was continually on his mind. “Do you ever feel like sometimes you’d rather die than be poked by one more needle”. As soon as she asked that question it was like a turning point in her life as that question was what was holding her back from possibly opening up to those around her. Later on in the story, Rob shows up to the hospital and as they are talking, Michelle was finally able to open up to Rob in which allowed her to change from the person she thought she was back to the one she always was. This turning point was definitely a beneficial way that changed Michelle for the better.  She was finally able to let go of all these burdens of questions that were building up a wall inside of her. 

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What is the overall message and mood?

  • The mood in this short story has a feeling of somberness but a great passion of hopefulness. The overall message in this story is never give up and lose hope because there is always a spark in you that will light up, but only if you start it. Never stop fighting for something you want, because once you stop fighting everything that you’ve worked for to that point will be wasted. In this case, the story is about never losing hope, as Michelle is starting to lose hope. Even in the hardest times you need to rise up or you will just keep falling into the places where you never thought you’d be. Everyone has experienced some type of hardship in their life whether its losing a close person, cancer, having a bad day or even something traumatic that has happened in the past, but you can’t keep thinking about the past, you need to go into the present and make the most of it.

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Why is humor an important part of this story?

  • Humor in this story is important because it helps show that even if you are in your darkest moments, the things in life that make you laugh or even just smile, will always be there to lighten things up. Humor in this story helps to show Michelle’s way of seeing any good moment in her life when things are not in her best odds. It also helps people have a little bit of enjoyment when reading stories that may not be so happy and bright. Humor lets people see the light and hope in dark situations that might be either occurring in their everyday lives or just in the stories people read.

Why do you think Alison Lohans calls her story “The Michelle I Know”?

  • I think Alison Lohans calls her story “The Michelle I Know” because when the turning point in her life had happened, she changed back to the “old michelle”. When people experience things that happen to have an impact on them, it tends to change them for the better. MIchelle always focused and thought the worse, but when that one moment in her life became a big turn around for her, she changed. “The michelle I know” is showing that the Michelle from before was way different than the Michelle that everyone else knew before she was in this state.

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After chapter 4 Crossword

    

  • Conch shell  : used as a symbol of power by Ralph (chapter 1)
  • Johnny : first little boy to be found, only has one clean pink thumb
  • Surmounted : to overcome a great obstacle(pg 26)
  • Suffusion : something slowly spreads through something else; like colour or feeling
  • Embossed : carve, mold or stamp a design in.
  • Clamorously :  to shout loudly
  • The choir : group of boys lead by Jack, dressed in all black with silver patches
  • Lagoon: a shallow body of water separated from a larger body of water, has a reef and is sheltered and protected.
  • Piggy’s specs : symbolism of resourcefulness, intelligence, problem solving,Innovation
  • Impalamble : unable to be felt by touch
  • Detritus: waste or debris of any kind
  • Long scar : represented from the crashed that was caused by the plane.
  • Candle buds : flowers on top of the mountain, Jack slashed them and scent spilled out of them.
  • Pink Granite- trees are dying, criss cross pattern of tree trunks and long beach.
  • Maurice- the boy who is always grinning
  • Fire- What piggy’s glasses were used for
  • Wait- patient, hope, listen ( things the boys are not good at)
  • Chief- being nominated to lead the group
  • Coral reef : encloses more than half the island, lying about a mile out parallel to what they now thought as their beach
  • Golden badge : colour of the badge on jacks cap
  • Knife- going to be used as violent for killing
  • Simon- first to mention hunger, and apologize
  • Teamwork- when the boys decide to climb the mountain
  • Humiliation: jacks feeling when he could not kill the pig (chapter 2)
  • Roger : the person who decides that there should be be a vote for the chief
  • Ralph : the boy who was voted into being chief.
  • Empathy- Jack not killing the pig
  • Scornful: feeling or expressing contempt or derision
  • Pallid: a persons face being pale, typically because of poor health, used to describe Simon’s smile after he faints
  • Dazzle paint : word used to describe the face paint the hunters used to kill the pig, was red, white and black.
  • Conscience- an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior.
  • Jack : leader of the choir. Tall with red hair and angry, serious blue eyes.
  • Pig poop : olive green and steaming, fresh
  • Mirages: something that appears real or possible but is not
  • Pacific- geography where the boys are located and crash landed (pg 61)
  • Guilt: blood on the hands from killing the pig
  • Foreshadowing : technique used by the author when he mentions the fallen palm trees and the female pig
  • Violence- jack punching Piggy
  • Effulgence- brightness to an extreme, stunned or dazzled by it. Chapter 1 (pg 14)
  • Exasperation-a feeling of intense irritation or annoyance. (chapter 2)
  • Ebullience- the quality of being cheerful and full of energy; exuberance. (chapter 2)
  • Antagonism- active hostility or opposition. (chapter 3)
  • Indignation : anger or annoyance provoked by unfair treatment
  • Blatant : done openly and unashamedly.
  • Hiatus- a pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process.(chapter 1)
  • Recrimination- an accusation in response to one from someone else. (Chapter 2)
  • Malevolently- having or showing a wish to do evil to others.
  • Gyration : a rapid movement in a circle or spiral

 

After Chapter 5: “Quotable Quote”

Piggy’s quote – Life is scientific (page 90)

Within the book, Lord Of The Flies, numerous quotes have been mentioned based on events that have been happening throughout the novel. Piggy brings up a specific quote that really makes our brains work overtime. “Life is scientific” makes us believe that something is this world is truly a great piece of work.

“Life is scientific” was quoted by one of the main characters named Piggy. Life being related to as scientific has endless possibilities to its meaning. We could talk about how this island is like a laboratory and how all these children are the experiments. These children were placed on this island and its like they are doing experiments on how children can survive on an island without adults. Piggy stating this quote is showing how he is arguing that you can’t necessarily work with imaginary evidence. Doctors don’t work with imaginary evidence everyday, they work with real evidence. What Piggy is referring to is that the supposed called “beastie” that the little ones have talked about on the island is what numerous would call imaginary evidence.

Another way the quote could be interpreted as is how this island and this life the boys are living, or even life in general, is a discovery. We are like scientists, discovering the ways of life each and everyday. The world is like our laboratory, and we are doing the experiments and discovering new possibilities about how we live and survive. This world could be interpreted in countless ways but we always refer back to the most important one. We will always keep asking ourselves the same question over and over, but maybe we have to be our own scientists and discover the world ourselves. 

The meaning behind life being scientific as quoted by Piggy, is the fact that is trying to make sense of something unknown and putting reasoning behind it. Scientists every day discover something unknown by doing the exact same thing Piggy is trying to do. Piggy is trying to prove that there is no beast like creature on this island by putting the reason of fear behind it. The human being itself has their own power to take mind over matter over any beast or creature on the island. In science, everything is calculated and anything that is done or even created has happened for a specific reason no matter any circumstance. He is trying to prove that things in life aren’t just drawn upon luck but instead upon true facts. He tries to point out that things in a lab aren’t completely true unless they have solid evidence for reasoning. Piggy explains that unless they have solid evidence that this “beast-like creature is real, then it is most likely that the boys took the power of mind over matter, and created this beast that is now only causing fear.

Piggy might have brought up science and fear because in science, fear has a scientific explanation for everything that is behind the term “fear”. Life is so unpredictable and unexplainable that there is no such thing as fear except what fear could do to someone. Piggy is trying to convince them that everyone has become so obsessed with the “beastie” creature that they have become some type of animal. Goulding tries to bring forward the idea that science behind life should be done with a rational sense. If you continue to think unrational, then your whole world is then surrounded with fear, and that is when you start becoming like an animal. I love this quote because it truly relates to this topic of life being scientific. “The fear of facing your fears is harder to overcome than the fear itself” – anonymous. It shows that fear is harder to face because sometimes fear is what controls you. 

Fear is a great power that can mess with the brain. Don’t mess with fear because then that’s when chaos will begin. They need to trust the science behind life because everything happens for a reason.

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Important qualities of political leaders

The qualities between a political leader vary’s for the reason being that all leaders have different aspects, views and opinions about how to lead a country. For one being honest and trustworthy is a huge quality. Experience is another key quality to have as a leader. Being an open-minded leader and having passion is two other really good qualities to have as a leader. Thoughtfulness is another important quality to have as a leader.

The first quality of a political leader is truly honesty and trustworthy.  Being an honest political leader helps build a bond of trust between themselves and the citizens. That builds a foundation of trust that could be beneficial in the future years of being a political leader. When the citizens of the country, province or even a town have trust in their leader it tends to build a better and stronger. That will benefit you as a leader and the individuals in the country. Another benefit of being trustworthy to the individuals is the fact that they may feel they could bring their concerns to the leader. They would still be able to feel that they could bring any of their concerns forward and not having to worry about others criticizing them for their opinions.

Experience is another key quality when being a political leader. When leading a nation you want to have knowledge about politics. I believe that someone with zero knowledge/experience about politics becomes the next leader for a country, the chances of each individual feeling like nothing good is happening for them could lead to a weaker nation. You need to have experience with running a country and experience with knowing how to be a good leader in the citizens eyes. If the citizens feel that nothing good is happening that will strengthen their country, it will truly reflect against the leader in power. Someone with experience and knowledge in the politics area will have a better chance with pleasing the nation and it’s people than someone with zero experience for the simple fact being that they will have more knowledge about how to create a stronger nation.

Being an open-minded leader helps you to fulfill the needs of your citizens. Listening to their concerns about upcoming events that may affect their life. Having an open-mind could even allow you to listen to their opinions and ideas that they may want to see happen or even change. Fulfilling the needs of your citizens makes the nation come together even more than the leader doing what he/she may want. It also shows that you are willing to make adjustments or implement ideas just to fit individuals lifestyles. I believe that this is a major key quality that political leaders should have because this is how a country becomes stronger and even comes closer.

A leaders passion for something shows how much being a leader for his/hers nation is important to them.The way a leader does or shows their commitment to what they do is pure passion. If a leader does not have passion, they are simply just doing it for the money and fame. That might be the case or they could have so much passion in what they do that they provide the country with anything that would be beneficial to each individual. Passion is what drives someone to be their best and that is an amazing quality to have. You truly know when a leader has passion because you will see it through their nation and everything they do. Someone’s passion can make a difference in what they do.

The last key quality is thoughtfulness. Every decision or action could either benefit or harm a country. Whenever a leader makes a decision he should have in his mind about how this might impact the nation and not just themselves. Any decision that is made should be answered with the question “how could this impact myself but also how could it impact the country”. You shouldn’t just make decisions because that’s what you think is best for yourself but how it might be affecting the country or each individual. Any leader should have this quality because being a political leader isn’t just about yourself it’s about others, it’s what you think can benefit you and the country that picked you to lead them because they were being thoughtful when they chose you.

Any political leader that has or are going to be leading our country should have some if not all of these qualities. They are major aspects of how our nation may come together or even how each individual may live.

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