Thesis Statement: From following a journey because of a recurring dream in Paul Coelho's novel The Alchemist, to living through Nazi Germany then being visited by death in Markus Zusak's novel The Book Thief, to running with the ruthless prisoner, 24601, then living through the French Revolution in James Fenton's musical Les Miserables, to living in a forgotten world, on the brink of being an orphan at the age of six in Sundance Festival's film Beasts of the Southern Wild. All storylines show the characters how to use the uppermost side of an optimistic personality as they embark on their rocky adventures journey.
Detail #1: "It's the simple things in life that are most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them" (Coelho 17).
Detail #2: As the ending song of Les Miserables says, "For the wretched of the earth, there is a flame that never dies. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise."
Commentary: The quote from the finale of Les Miserables shows that even after a war so brutal has happened they can still look for the best. Even Marius who lost all of his friends and important people. Through the words it says it all, how they truly found something extraordinary in being happy while going through such disaster.
Detail #3: "When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too" (Coelho 150). "When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there's no need at all to understand what's happening, because everything happens within you..." (Coelho 152).
Detail #4: The narration of The Book Thief, which was death says at the end of the film, "She leaned down and looked at his lifeless face and Leisel kissed her best friend, Rudy Steiner, soft and true on his lips. He tasted dusty and sweet. He tasted like regret in the shadows of trees and in the glow of the anarchist's suit collection. She kissed him long and soft, and when she pulled herself away, she touched his mouth with her fingers...She did not say goodbye. She was incapable, and after a few more minutes at his side, she was able to tear herself from the ground. It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on".
Commentary: Love is powerful. It can bring you to do something you don't want to do like Leisel. It can make you do something and never realize that it's what is best for you, as the quote from Coelho's novel says.
Detail #5: "It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting" (Coelho 13).
Detail #6: In Beasts of the Southern Wild the little girl named Hushpuppy says "I see that I am a little piece of a big, big universe, that makes things right."
Commentary: Both pieces of evidence have big dreams. Neither of them give up and they keep pushing forward through every situation. Each character has people or thoughts of their own that try to stop them from following what they want to do. Even losing her dad, Hushpuppy still managed to be strong.
Conclusion: One would have a difficult time trying to achieve their personal legend without the traits of optimism, love, and perseverance. Each character holds on to their dreams and gets there quickly while obtaining being an optimist, with a little help from the traits of love and perseverance.