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Fighting For What You Believe In Mike Endregaard The story, “The Drowning of An Old Cat,” depicts a tale of a one man trying everything in his might to stand up for what he believes and cares about. It is an inspiring story that has motivational power to make the reader stand up for something he truly cares about. In this paper, I want to explore the two intertwined themes that sum up the story. I believe these two themes to be: if there is something you cherish and truly believe in, fight for it; and also the theme that you should never give up on something, even when times get tough. I will explore these two themes by looking at the actions of the villagers, but I will mainly be looking at the actions of Uncle Ah-Sheng and how he relates those actions to fighting for something he believes in and also how he is persistent to the very end. There are many people in the world today whom have strong beliefs and values on things that are important to them, and are willing to do anything to protect those things. The main character in “The Drowning of An Old Cat,” Uncle Ah-Sheng strongly is against turning the “Dragon Eye” (the spring in the center of town) into a commercial swimming pool for the city people to use. Stated by Uncle Sheng in the town meeting, “Don’t be fooled into thinking that Clear Spring is the place for you to build your swimming pool- the water Clear Spring is for our use in the rice fields, not for you townspeople to take baths in!” (CP 300 26/36).
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