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Death Be Not Proud- The novel Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther is the story of the struggle of a child to stay alive Johnny Gunther Jrs constant hope got him out of bed every morning with a positive attitude His outright opposition to the fact that he was going to die and his determination not to kept a fiery spirit in him so that he didnt give up Johnnys stubborn determination to not accept defeat at so early an age along with the tremendous courage he showed when realizing that he must accept his defeat is a strong point portrayed in this novel Johnnys hope determination and courage kept his death at bay One of the main reasons that Johnny remained alive for so much longer than he should have lived was the hope that he possessed He hoped every day of his illness that he would get better that his parents would be spared their grief or that some doctor would come up with a revolutionary idea that would heal him Because of his hope Johnny never complained or protested during the entire course of his illness He always obeyed the doctors wishes and followed their instructions to a T because he wanted so desparatly to get well Although he realized that eventually his life would end he still never gave up the hope that perhaps he could outsmart his fate to die if just to steal a few extra hours Each day until his last the determination Johnny had to get well live a normal life and even maintain his schoolwork was phenominal After being away from school for sixteen months being tested constantly by doctors and having a rapidly deteriorationg brain Johnny still managed to graduate with his class
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