• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Ragged Dick and His Success. Unlike other bootblacks, Ragged Dick believed in honesty, and this helped him become more successful than his peers.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Ragged Dick and His Success It is easy to assume that Ragged Dick rose to success because of hard work, but his honesty and generosity and his encounters with the right people truly changed his life for the better. Anyone can work hard and earn a decent living, but Dick had luck on his side. Many times, his honesty and generosity reaped great rewards. Other times, he was lucky to run into people who would help support his quest for a respectable living. Unlike other bootblacks, Ragged Dick believed in honesty, and this helped him become more successful than his peers. Once, a clerk tried to keep a bill that Dick asked him to change by claiming it was counterfeit (Alger, 11-12).The ...read more.

Middle

Finally, Dick displayed his honesty to Mr. Greyson by bringing back the 15 cents he owed the man, and as a reward, Mr. Greyson invited him to attend his Sunday School classes (Alger, 72). Furthermore, Dick's acts of generosity and kindness led to self-fulfillment and career advancement. As soon as he realized Fosdick did not have a home, Dick offered to share his room in Mott Street (Alger, 73). In return, Fosdick taught him to read and write, and these valuable skills qualified Dick for a higher-paying job (Alger, 74). Rather than be competitive, Dick allowed Fosdick to set up his black box beside him, and this proved to be favorable because they both earned more than they usually would by themselves (Alger, 79). ...read more.

Conclusion

Dick was also lucky to have regular clients who were fond of his wit and humor, and because of this, they would gift him clothes (Alger, 97). Finally, Dick was also fortunate to run into a situation where he needed to save a boy from drowning (Alger, 127). As a reward, the boy's father gave him new clothes and offered him a job (Alger, 130). In the end, Dick was able to become more successful than the other bootblacks, not only because he worked hard, but because he was honest, generous, and lucky to gain support from helpful people. Because he was moral and likable, Dick earned new clothes, an education, and a job. This shows that it took good values and help from outsiders for Ragged Dick to become Richard Hunter. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. Phillip K. Dick Essay

    He had two severe problems as a child which contributed later on in life to his writings and style. One was a swallowing disorder that prevented him from eating in public and the other was a severe vertigo which made him feel as if he wasn't in real life.

  2. To what extent was President Richard Nixon responsible in the Watergate scandal in 1972-1974?

    During the FBI?s investigation they found that two men were in fact employees of the Nixon?s Committee to Re-Elect (CREP) and the other six were on the payroll of the committee, which means they were paid by the committee?s funds.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work