American Sniper By Chris Kyle

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American Sniper By Chris Kyle

Recommendation I could recommend this book to just about anyone. Although many people would think it is unnecessary to read the novel due to the fact that they have already seen the movie, the two have several differences. The novel holds more of Kyle's voice, showing his personality and attitude towards the war, which might be different from what you might think. Overall, I greatly enjoyed the novel and found it to be a relatively quick read.

Overview This novel takes readers through eleven years of the daily struggles in the life of a Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle. Kyle tells the story of his struggles with war throughout his four deployments, from being bored at base camp to losing a close friend out in the field, and aslo his accomplishments while serving. Along with this, Kyle tells the strains that being a SEAL puts on families with the help of first hand passages throughout the novel from his wife Taya.

Real life doesn't travel in a perfect straight lineA perfect example of this that has recently happened in my life is my accident. No matter how smoothly you might think life is going at the moment, there is always some type of bump in the road that will throw you off for a bit.An example of this could also be found in the novel Looking for Alaska by John Green. Although life might have seemed as if it were perfect for Miles and Pudge, the death of their friend Alaska threw a curveball at them that they were not expecting. Finally, you could find an example of this almost anywhere that you look in the world. Sometimes things are going flawlessly and out of nowhere something horrendous happens that you weren't expecting, whether it be a death in the family or war.

Help people help themselvesThis could be related to the hours of community service that are done each year. Several of the students in our school, including myself, do hours of community service each year, which helps those in need without just handing them what they need.This lesson can be seen in The Translator by Daoud Hari. Although David knew that the part of the world he was in was dangerous, he still found himself bringing journalists out into Darfur in order to translate and assist in getting the people's stories out into the world. Out in the world, people regularly provide certain opportunities to those who might not usually have them. An example of this could be someone helping a person that is unemployed get a job interview.

Do what you want in lifeI recently found myself struggling with an issue that I can easily relate this lesson to, college. I have not yet put a deposit in at a college, mainly because I have been listening to what everyone else thinks I should do rather than what I want to do.An example of this lesson can also be found in literature, such as the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Jay Radbury. Though it is against the law, Montag finds himself stealing and hiding books in his home rather than burning all of them like he is told to do. This idea can be found out in the real world as well. If we lived in a world where nobody did what they wanted, what kind of a world would we live in? People all around the world are constantly making their own decisions and shaping their own lives rather than letting someone else do it.

Remember the importance of family and traditional valuesAs I get ready to go to college, I am realizing how important family is. My dad has been in several situations this past year where the circumstances were pretty serious. Due to this, I have recently realized that my family won't always be able to be there, and I should appreciate them while I can.An example of this that can be taken from literature is Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Though Mitch strayed away from the "family" he had with Morrie, he eventually came back to Morrie and their traditions before it was too late.This lesson has been found in the real world for ages. Families all over constantly pass down stories and traditions that have been followed, and this shows the importance of both.

Being stubborn and refusing to give in is the key to successA time in my life where I saw this first hand was after my dad's car accident when he knew something was wrong, but the doctors said that he was wrong. My dad was persistent, and in the end they realized that he was right. A novel that can be related to this is 1984 by George Orwell. When captured by the government, Winston at first refused to give up. If he had continued to be stubborn and stayed strong, he might have been successful in the end.We can see this around the world where the majority of people are unwilling to overcome the odds because they are told that it isn't likely. This causes the stubborn people to be rewarded because they are refusing to settle for the lower standard.

Recommendation I could recommend this book to just about anyone. Although many people would think it is unnecessary to read the novel due to the fact that they have already seen the movie, the two have several differences. The novel holds more of Kyle's voice, showing his personality and attitude towards the war, which might be different from what you think. Overall, I greatly enjoyed the novel and found it to be a relatively quick read.

American SniperBy Chris Kyle


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