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The German philosopher Nietsche once said Whatever doesnt kill you makes you stronger This quote is intimately connected to Ellens struggle to survive and find her wayThis quote is very relevant to the novel because throughout the book Ellen comes across many hardships and has to find the courage and strength to overcome them This is exactly what the quote is referring to although Ellen lives a hard life and comes across many obstacles she never gives up and in the end she is a stronger person than before An incident that displays this is when Ellens mother overdoses on pills and dies Losing your mother is an incredibly hard thing for a young child What makes it even worse is that Ellen had nobody left due to the fact that she hated her father and he was mean to her This would crush most children emotionally and mentally but Ellen remains strong and keeps on living her life Another incident is when Ellen has to live with her grandmother It seems like her living with her grandmother would be a good thing after everything she had to go through with her father but it turns out not being any better Her grandmother is also very mean to her and is very strict When Ellen is with her grandmother she hardly has a life outside of the house on top of that her grandmother is also very prejudice But Ellen endures it and makes the best out of itAnother incident that displays this quote is when Ellen is kicked out of her house and abandoned Most children wouldnt know how to handle it But Ellen marches right up to a womens door and asks her if she can join the other girls in the house and live there with her The lady told her that she would have to find out more about her and get permission to take her in It turned out that
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