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Examine Rosa Parks' perspective as she is on the bus.

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The original question had to be edited down.  Yet, I think that the other parts can be reposted.  I would suggest that a strong writing sample exists when one seeks to enter the mind of Rosa Parks as she is on the bus.  I think that entering into Parks' mind on that day would be fascinating.  Perhaps, the phrase that she uttered that night when arrested would be a good starting point:  “The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”  The mythology around Rosa Parks was that she was tired and that is why she did not surrender her seat, as if fatigue is the only rationale for her to not get up.  Yet, the reality is that Rosa Parks knew the bus driver who told her to get up and had run- ins with him in the past.  At the same time, she fully understood that she was seated in her "designated" area and was still ordered to move.  In entering her mind, it might be good to write of the rationale behind why she was so "tired of giving in."  Being told to move by a bus driver with whom she already had history, as well as being denied justice within an unjust configuration, might be where you could start delving into her mindset.  She understood the full implications of what she was doing and the reonance of being "tired of giving in" might be where a great introspection could begin.

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