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Life is challenging for everyone. We will all face its difficulties eventually; whether it be something financial, like paying bills, something physical, like a bodily injury, or something emotional, like the loss of a loved one. Billions of people go through these struggles every day, maybe even you are going through something similar. Because of this, it is important for everyone to stay strong, despite the difficulties of life; because whether we like it or not, bad things will continue to happen, and collapsing under that pressure is no good for anyone. In William Ernest Henley’s poem Invictus, the narrator, who is very likely the author, tells us that through all of life’s difficulties, we must remain dignified, stand tall, and keep moving forward.The reason the narrator of the poem is very likely the author is because, during the time that Henley wrote this poem, he was going through some difficulties in his own life. According to the Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, Henley was hospitalized for tuberculosis to the bone, which forced doctors to amputate both of his feet. This resulted in Henley …show more content…
Nelson Mandela, while incarcerated in Robben Island, recited the poem to the prisoners and it helped him build up the necessary patience and strength to wait out his jail sentence and then destroy apartheid in South Africa, in Winston Churchill’s speech to the House of Commons in 1941 he paraphrased the last two line of the poem stating “We are still the masters of our fate. We are still the captains of our souls”. In pop culture we often see people who give some sort of speech that motivates you to be strong and not give up, these speeches are greatly inspired my Henley’s poem since they all touch on the subject of remaining strong even though times were tough. An example of this would be in Rocky when he speaks to his son about strength, which has subtle allusions to the

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