Friendship Essay by Kathleen

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Friendship is a wonderful thing that no one should have to live without. Even in books everyone finds a friend even if they walk up out of nowhere or suddenly send you a letter by pigeon. In Princess Academy, Once Upon a Marigold, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, there are many examples of friendship.

 

In Princess Academy, Miri is a wonderful friend in many ways. First, she is brave when she needs to help her friends. On pages 262-265, Miri tries to rescue the girls from the bandits even though she is putting herself in danger. On top of that, she is kind. In the book, Miri gives test answers to her friends through quarry speech. This is kind because, she is helping all the academy girls get what they have worked for, a chance to meet the prince at a ball, all year. Finally, she is a good listener. For example, on pages 293-295, Miri listens to Britta’s whole story, and she consoles Britta when she is finished. In summary, Miri would make a great friend if she were not a fictional character.

In Once Upon a Marigold, Chris and Marigold are friends in many ways. First, they are both caring. Marigold is caring when she won’t leave Chris in the dungeon when he hasn’t done anything wrong. Chris is caring on pages 149 and 150 when he warns Marigold of her mother’s evil plans. He is showing care because Marigold would have died if he had not warned her. Chris is also brave on pages 223-225 when he tries to rescue Marigold even though the guards might kill him. Marigold is a concerned friend. Throughout the book she is always thinking about him. In conclusion, Chris and Marigold make great friends.

Bruno and Shmuel are great friends to each other in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. First, Bruno is kind to Shmuel. On page 161, Bruno brings Shmuel bread and cheese which is kind because Shmuel is not fed well in the camp so, he is always hungry. Shmuel is caring towards Bruno because he will not let him into the camp. This shows Shmuel is being caring because he knows that bad things are happening in the camp, and does not want Bruno to experience the same things he is experiencing. Finally, they are loyal to each other. Page 150 says “everyday Bruno goes to spot on the fence, and Shmuel is always there waiting for him.” This shows loyalty because they could not show up, but they both do. In conclusion, Bruno and Shmuel are loyal, caring, and kind.

Friendship is something that you will not want to give up once you have it. Princess Academy, Once Upon a Marigold, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas all contain powerful examples of friendship. In Princess Academy, Miri is a good friend to have because she is brave, kind, and a good listener. In Once Upon a Marigold, Chris and Marigold have a strong friendship because they are caring. In addition to that, Chris is brave and Marigold is concerned. In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Shmuel and Bruno fit together wonderfully. This is because they are both loyal. Shmuel is also caring and Bruno is kind. In summary, friends win together and lose together and that’s what makes them friends.

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