Dans le cadre du projet Graines de Critiques Littéraires, les élèves de la terminale L du lycée Saint-Paul (Roanne) ont lu Barbarian Days: A surfing life de William Finnegan. Ils proposent un retour critique en anglais de leur lecture orienté autour d’un mot-clef. Voici la contribution n°6 sur le thème de « L’amitié ».
We are living in a world where communication with other people is struggling with the evolution of the new technologies. Indeed, people prefer to be online in front of their monitors instead of going outdoor in order to meet new people and new friends, but what is exactly friendship? That’s quite a tricky issue, but we’re going to think about it.
Friendship is a type of relationship between two people who care about each other. But such a dry definition isn’t enough to explain the concept of friendship. Let’s give a few examples to illustrate my words: A friend is the first person you want to call when you hear good news, but also when something bad happens to you. A friend remembers that you don’t like tomatoes in your sandwich. A friend is going to be by your side and will acompagny you on the most boring of errands and make them seem fun and nice. In other words, friendship is something wonderful, and much ink has been spilled in citing the virtues of having friends. However, we can’t forget that friendship is something difficult, and not easy every day. Indeed, it demands time and effort from both sides and it requires that people put someone other than themselves first sometimes. But in exchange for that effort, a friend can provide an immense amount of support and comfort in good and bad times.
Many qualities are necessary for a good friendship including honesty, trustworthiness, loyalty and unconditional acceptance, which for me is THE quality to have. Indeed, how can you be friend with someone who doesn’t agree with the way you’re living, your life and your habits? It’s impossible. A friendship should make both people in the relationship happy; both people should have fun when they spend time together.
We can relate all the things said before to the book « Barbarians Day, a surfing life » which is an autobiography written by William Finnegan in which he’s showing his love for surfing by describing all the waves he met. Yet, even if surfing has a huge place in the book, other themes are present such as friendship. Indeed, he is sharing a lot of things with his friend Domenic. He has known him since his childhood and they have always kept in touch, in other words, he has become his brother because ,yes, friends are like a second family. They went together through hard times and thanks to this, their relation was strong. It’s the same in our lives, indeed, it’s always good to have someone for you when your world is falling apart and when the situation seems to be hopeless.
Now, I wanted to give some quotes about friendship: « A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. »
« When we honestly ask ourselves which person in your lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares »
As a conclusion, Domenic is obviously a true friend because they share the same passion and because William Finnegan admires him.