Over the summer I read a book by the title Sybil. This book seemed to have plenty of lessons and themes throughout, but the one that stuck out to the most is overcoming obstacles. The main character, Sybil, has multiple personality disorder. Even with this condition, she still tries to succeed and better her life.
To start with, Sybil's life was hard even in her childhood. She had an abusive past. Her mother would crudely punish her. For example, she would kick her, punch her, and push her around. Sybil's mother also would hang her until she passed out. Even more harsh, the mother also pierced a knife through Sybil's womb. Life did not get any easier for Sybil as the years went on.
Moreover, getting older was just as confusing and hard for Sybil. Because of having more than one personality, the real Sybil did not remember everything that happened in her life. Therefore, she didn't have a lot of her own memories. The best part about growing up is making memories and setting your own goals. Sybil was deprived of this opportunity. She soon starts to realize that there is something wrong with her. Even still, she tries to make a life for herself and goes to college. This stage of her life is short lived though because she had a dramatic episode because her other personalities kept taking over.
Finally, Sybil finds someone to talk to about her problems because she doesn't want to go on living like how she has been. The doctor she starts seeing helps her out a great deal. Although it takes quite some time, Sybil is willing to make that sacrifice if it means bettering her life. Eventually the hard effort pays off. Sybil is freed from her other personalities and finally takes control of her life. She had the will power to not give up.
In conclusion, Sybil shows the readers an important lesson. If there is an obstacle in the way of achieving what one wants, then it's better to overcome it. Sometimes it's easier to give up, but Sybil demonstrates that it is more...