With the conclusion of the story, I learned many lessons that were portrayed symbolically throughout the story. One main idea that was important was the fact that one must stay strong to their own will, with the guidance of others. At first when James entered the rehab clinic, he was a stubborn, ignorant, and well disliked person. Throughout the story he changed as a person towards the better, and he became a man of his word. With the guidance of the counselors, James was able to mature and ultimately achieve his goal of becoming sober. It is important to understand that a man who keeps how word and is a symbol of benevolence gains ultimate respect. James was starting to be a favorite amongst the people in the clinic, with the way he treated others and overcame his drinking issues. His devotion to Lilly was significant, as it showed he was capable of having a normal relationship. Although at the end of the story it is learned that Lilly committed suicide in the clinic despite James promising her that they would stay in touch, it is difficult to put aside how much James shaped himself up as a mature individual. His progression throughout the story taught me to never lose hope, and keep fighting on because good deeds will gain you respect. But more than anything, James's character should serve as the premiere example as a person who held a strong will. It should teach future generations the issues with alcoholism and how unhealthy it i because it applies to all genders, races, and ethnicities. Patience and determination was preached throughout the book through James, as after James is released from the clinic, he has continued to remain sober.