"In the basement of 33 Himmel Street, Max Vandenburg could feel the fists of the entire nation. One by one they climbed into the ring and beat him down." (Zusak 190)
This quote supports my theme of people persevere in many ways. First of all, Max Vandenburg or "Maxi Taxi" is a fighter and the Jew Boy living in the Hubermann's basement, and everyday is a struggle. This quote is stating how the hate of the nation is "beating him down" by how they're treating people of his kind, the Jewish, and how it is affecting him. And even through all of the "fists beating him down," Max Vandenburg still perseveres through all the pain and survives.
In this article about Riley Quinn, a student who was born without a hand and forearm, we see how he perseveres through his difficulties to succeed. In the article we learn at the final game, Riley Quinn, with only one arm, makes the final tackle leading to a victory for the team. This article relates to my perseverance theme because we see a High School football player going through hard times, and he still makes it through to success.