Please help me find examples for my essay?
This is the prompt:
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.—Horace
Consider this quotation about adversity from the Roman poet Horace. Then write an essay that defends, challenges, or qualifies Horace’s assertion about the role that adversity (financial or political hardship, danger, misfortune, etc.) plays in developing a person’s character. Support your argument with appropriate evidence from your reading, observation, or experience.
I am defending Horace’s views, but I can’t find any good examples of people overcoming adversity and discovering new traits. Please help?
When Admiral Horatio Nelson lost his right arm in battle he learned to write with his left hand.
Louis Braille lost his eyesight in a childhood accident and grew up to develop the Braille writing language for blind people.
During the Second World War rationing of food in the UK lead people to develop new recipes using the limited ingredients of that were available.
Also during that war and during the First World War women in their thousands left their traditional domestic environments and carried out work previously done only by men. For example they worked in munitions factories, they worked on farms, they flew fighter planes from the factory to the air fields to deliver them, they manned anti aircraft guns and generally carried out most types of work during the absence of the male workforce at war.
People who are widows or who get divorced often learn how to do tasks previously carried out by their absence partner.
People who suffer severe disability, for example paraplegia or quadriplegia, learn to carry out the tasks of daily living in new ways in order to adapt to their changed abilities.