Blog 3- Humor “Four Days to Glory”

Through what I have read from “Four Days to Glory”, there has been no use of comedy. This book is a motivational book telling the story of serious and determined athletes. I believe it is very unlikely that I will discover some sort of comedy by the end of this book. So far, multiple none comedic concepts have been discussed. For example, there are multiple scenarios where both Jay Borshel, and Dan LeClere are characterized and described as focused and determined athletes, not the joking type. This story explains the difficulty and adversity that steller athletes must face if they want to succeed. Some examples of the serious attitude in this book include, the standards set for both these athletes and what is expected, there overall attitude, and the work that they put in every single day. Although it may not seem that difficult to add comedy to a story about high school athletes, it for sure is. When reading this story never does comedy come to my mind, the only thing that i am thinking about is how can I change what i do to be successful. Although it is very difficult, I think that some comedy can be added to this story especially when at practice. I know that when I’m at practice and dying from either doing sprints or some other running exercises, it is easy to joke around with friends and make it less terrible. Like everyday at practice, Dan is doing his assigned sprints, jump roping, and other exercises. At this point he is digging deep and trying to use whatever energy he has left in his very tired and fatigued body. This is a perfect time to use comedy and try to make his situation not as terrible as it really is. For instance, while the athletes are conditioning, funny and dumb comments could be made to lighten the mood. Not only would this lighten the mood in the story but it would also get a little laugh out of the reader and make the story more enjoyable. Even though “Four Days to Glory” is a good serious story, I feel that it would be beneficial to add a little comedyImage result for athletes running and laughing

Reading Log 2- Characterization

Characterization is displayed well in the book, “Four Days to Glory”, through two main characters. These two characters are pretty different as well as a little bit the same.  Jay Borschel and Dan LeClere are both in there senior year of high school, and are trying to win the state championship in wrestling for the fourth year straight. Jay Borchel is known as city kid from either growing up in the suburbs or in University towns. He is described as a very motivated and emotional character who feeds off of people doubting him. There are many people that doubt him, but he loves that and that drives him to do his best and prove them wrong. Jay is also a very confident person but knows that he must show out on the mat to bring home a victory. Although he is confident, he does not come off in an arrogant way. He respects others but does not demand too much respect himself. Jay is a good person that is respected by many people. Dan LeClere, unlike jay, lived on a farm for most of his life but still knows his way around a city. He is very well known as a hard worker and a leader in his community. Dan has a father and coach that are very hard on him to try and push him to do his best. Dan also faces his own thoughts and doubts where Jay is more confident and focused. Although very unalike, Jay and Dan also have many similarities when characterizing them. As said before, both guys have one main goal on there mind and that is to win there fourth straight championship. They want this goal so bad and will do anything to achieve it which shows there dedication and determination. Only living 20 miles away, they think of each other as friends and are glad they get to strive for this goal with someone else. All in all, both athletes may live different lives, but they both have great determination and a killer mindset to achieve there high school dream and goal.  Image result for someone running uphill

Reading Log 1- Four Days to Glory

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The book that I chose to read is called “Four Days to Glory” written by Mark Kreidler. I originally chose to read the book called “The Cipher”, but i did not find the book interesting. I chose “Four Days to Glory”, because I have an interest in reading sports related books, and the perseverance of the athletes in them. From what I have read so far, this book is about a high school student athlete named Jay Borshel. Jay is a three time state champ wrestler at Linn-Mar high school and is trying his best to be apart of a group called the “four-timers”. To become part of this elite group, he must win the state championship for his fourth and final year of high school wrestling. The setting of this story begins in the gymnasium at Linn-Mar High School where a wrestling match is currently occurring. Jay has just walked off the mat and threw his headgear to the side because of yet another disappointing forfeit. Jay wants the most practice that he can get before the upcoming state championship but no one will wrestle him. All the teams that Linn-Mar will face in there season would forfeit at his weight class in attempt to not give away a ton of points. The main character of this story, Jay Borshel, fascinates me because of his outstanding athleticism, along with his hard work and determination.  Although Jay’s emotions are constantly filled with disappoint about not being able to wrestle in matches, he still goes to practice everyday with a great mindset and try’s he hardest even though he must drill with the assistant coaches. Jay’s goal of being a four time state champion will not be ruined because of people not wanting to wrestle him, so he will work his hardest in practice to achieve it. It is for this reason that he fascinates me so much already.  So far, I think this is a great book and I am looking forward to reading the rest of it. Although I do not wrestle, I like hearing about an athlete just trying to do his best under difficult circumstances. Image result for state champ wrestling on podium