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MAIN CHARACTERS y Stripe is a young, wondering, striped caterpillar who got bored with living the typical crawler s life of eating leaves to grow and so he ventured to a journey on finding more about life through reaching the unknown top of the caterpillar pillar which lead him to realize what matters most in life. y Yellow a yellow caterpillar who at first also aspired to reach the unknown top of the pillar but
met Stripe along the way and became his companion which made her question the worth of reaching the top and eventually abandon that Journey to settle for a home which left them both unsatisfied, but instead of climbing the pillar she searched for a better way to reach the top.
The story centers on a caterpillar - Stripe bursts out of his tiny egg to come out into a bright and sunny world. He is hungry and wastes no time to begin eating the leaf that he was born on. And then another and another and another until he grew bigger. Then, one day, he wonders if there is more to life than eating and getting bigger. Opening his eyes to the world around him, he sees a mountain of caterpillars in the distance climbing towards the sky. Intrigued, Stripe makes his way to the mountain and begins to climb. Stripe then goes on a fascinating discovery of life that leads him to what he believes is the way to the top. A feverish frenzy overtakes him as he becomes more determined to reach the top, not knowing what is there. It is not an easy path, one must push, shove and trample to go up and it is in this path upwards that he meets Yellow. Yellow s a caterpillar about his age and is talking to her when the pile shifts, and Stripe steps on her head to make his way further up the mountain. Soon he is so riddled with guilt that he finds Yellow and apologizes, and much to the astonishment of the other caterpillars they climb down together. They are very happy together on the ground, and they spend their days hugging and eating to their hearts' delight. But Stripe begins to grow restless again, and he decides that he must find out what is at the
who ate and ate until he grow bigger. It seems even worse this time. hardly caring anymore. the main characters of the story resembles us. Those they stepped upon to reach that place pushed them off because they . so Stripe returns to the brutal race alone. There seemed no other way and it seemed like it was the way of life. and Stripe begins to wonder if it's really all worth it. building a dark cocoon around herself in the impossible hope that she could be a butterfly. With this new sense of freedom and excitement brought by adventure we tend to rush headlong into something unknown. That was what most of us did. it was too late. She does not know what that path is and goes on simple faith. But the only way up that was visible was the climb THE CLIMB OVER THOUSAND OTHERS. But. we also had to feed our body and mind to grow through the care and love provided by our parents and the knowledge and wisdom acquired through education and interaction with our environment. must we really use others? What s so good up there that they would be willing to undermine compassion? Why can t those who reached the top climbing tell? But how can they tell? The moment they got the answer. III. the SINGLE-MINDED APPROACH which leaves you hardhearted and unfeeling of other people s demise. They had been on top but they can t stay there. Yellow sadly refuses to go. Written simply to depict our struggles in finding what s more to life. each person on his/ her own quest in living this life and struggling to find our purpose. in pursuit of something which we think was good. was it that good up there? It seemed like it was since everyone s trying to reach the top. Stripe and Yellow. Yellow strikes out on her own because she is sure that there must be some other better way to reach the top. we are being sheltered too much by our innocence which when accompanied by inquisitiveness and drive to know everything makes us desire to break-free and explore the immense possibilities and opportunities awaiting us outside of our home s protective cloak. He climbs single-minded. Finding in this a way to save Stripe from his despair and fulfill what they were really meant to become. CONTENT ANALYSIS This story is the perfect analogy to human s pursuit of his dreams and happiness. Meanwhile. Oftentimes. towards the top of the pillar. Like what s in the story. Step or be stepped upon. Like stripe.pillar s peak. of standing on our own and facing the world to accomplish what we want in life. they fell. Until we reach the ripe age wherein we are now capable of fending for ourselves.
It s better not to be at the top. that satisfaction wouldn t last. it s futile. to have a closure and finish the journey he started even before he met her. This may also apply to couples who are just starting. We should set our priorities and determine which is most important to us the thing which we can t leave without. It s for her own sanity and satisfaction because just like Stripe she has to make up her mind on what does she really want.want to be there. They both feel that they re missing out the final pieces on their own puzzles. drag you down and let you fall. we must not let ourselves be sucked into this kind of mentality. haha. and deciding to stay is not the coward thing to do nor the selfish one. especially if you ve got no one to share the success with. it s already in practice. Can you live without love? What are you willing to sacrifice to make your special someone happy? I really salute Yellow. even though she s hurting deep inside to see Stripe go. and it s definitely not to go back to that life again. In a fresh graduate s perspective. see how Yellow learned her lesson way faster than Stripe? We must realize how to take risks but also know how to say enough and admit that you re wrong. she stood firm because she knows for herself what she wants. that s the reason why they didn t stay happy. Yellow took the risk of venturing to the unknown and rely on her gut-feeling which turned out to be the right thing to do. there was nobody else to hold on to. It s definitely not okay to forget your values and suppress your conscience just to get the satisfaction of being at the top. You re not gonna be happy to be on top. In order to commit yourself into someone. and make yourself part of the whole. You know what? I think women are really smarter than men. Why can t we be happy for those who succeeded must we really drag them down in order to advance? This is prominently experienced in different industries such as the corporate world. too. to be whole on your own. because I assure you. but the same person surrounded with love and hope than to rush headlong into the top but turn-out to be the shell of the good person that you used to be. Despite of her love. And in that moment. Just wait till your conscience eat you away or for karma in the form of other people who got there the same way as you do. As it criticizes . she understood that he had to find-out. I ve read reviews and comments about how this book changed their lives and in particular saved their marriage. you have to be complete by your own. One of Filipinos bad habits termed as Crab Mentality. as if it s okay because before you even got there.
You can t stay there long enough to enjoy it. she still loved him enough and Stripe still felt her connection eventhough he did not recognize the butterfly as Yellow. however. and discover more. curiosity. A definitely must read. and just like what stripe thought. up there where we always wanted to be: beside God. The sight. and finding your way to the things that really matter. for all gender. hurt. it offers us hope for a much more satisfying existence. Others can push you off for you depend on them. other s can t bring you down. love. too eager to be where others are that we rush into something we don t even know. In her triumph and success. you explore more. It does not come without cost. . about ambition. We all can fly. because she loves him and although they parted ways. She found what she was destined to become. you see more. wonder. While reading this I was able to feel excitement. Rushing that give us no time to think of our own capabilities to soar high. and I m sure to pass the tradition to my future children. What s wrong with most of us is that we don t believe in ourselves. it s what like Trina Paulus wrote It s a different sort of book for EVERYONE except for those who gave up COMPLETELY . up there where we came from. you hurt others and once you reach the top. about meaning and yes. We can all be butterflies. nervousness. you do more. in the arms that nurtured us from the very beginning. When you fly. The most perfect goal would be perfect happiness. annoyance. we must be willing to throw off everything that hinders and leave ourselves completely vulnerable. It is a love story for modern times and a valuable life lesson told in the basic language of fable for all ages. uncertainty. All we need is take time to contemplate ourselves. everything s limited. about hope. friendship. she wanted to share all of this with Stripe. It is also a story about facing fear of the unknown and personal changes. When you climb. sadness. the movement and especially the time. and finally happiness. develop our hidden potentials and use them to be where we want to be. You depend on yourself. We were too excited. confusion.the mediocrity of those goals which seem so all-important to us at the time. reach the top. a butterfly with a much bigger purpose the hope for the flowers. There s a world of difference between flying and climbing over others. and you hurt nobody. It's about feeling lost and muted. we will find the perfect happiness on the top.
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