The struggle for dignity

Horton Foote won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for To Kill a Mockingbird and wrote many plays about the struggles of ordinary people.

In his biography Horton Foote—America’s Storyteller, author Wilborn Hampton explains that, while he was growing up in Wharton, Texas, Foote listened and “stored away all of the stories that would one day make their way into his plays. That the veneer of genteel Southern society covered a tawdry reality steeped in alcoholism, gambling and sex is not surprising….

“What sets his stories apart are not the details themselves, but the compassion for human frailty and the struggle for dignity in the face of adversity and failure that runs through them.”

We admire Horton Foote. His work reminds us to show compassion for human frailty and to respect other people when they struggle for dignity in the face of adversity. Both of us are going to remember, too, to show self-compassion, remembering to treat ourselves gently when we are struggling for dignity in the face of adversity.

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