“Invictus,” by William Ernest Henley

Invictus is a poem written by William Ernest Henley. He wrote this after he had his leg amputated because of tuberculosis of the leg. Henley expresses many of his feelings in the poem. He also expresses many of his views on life. In those times when amputating they did not have any medicine to numb the pain or to put him to sleep. Through out this Henley shows that even through adversity he continues to not be afraid and have faith in his fate.

Through this we can apply the same means to the real world. Like Henley humans go through many problems in life. They don’t have any way to numb the problems or to dull the pain. Sometimes they must ride out the pain and. Henley knew that the disease was deadly but he did not let it faze him. He was adamant not to let a disease decide his fate.

People these days crumble when faced with adversity. When one thing goes wrong they are in a bad mood for the rest of the day or week. People do not learn to move past things and to not let one event control their fate. Henley could have easily given up and succumbed to the disease. But he did not let the disease control his life. He pushed through and took control of his fate. We should do the same in our lives. We shouldn’t let adversity control us. We must push through and live on.

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