Willie is a young boy, that grew in a poor environment in Chicago. He has a tough life, but he has good intentions. As the world revolves, dark times and light. He came from poor family, but his intentions for education was rich. He says "My best friend is my book." He never spent time playing or hanging out with friends, or doing unnecessary things. He gets depressed at times, about his situation but it never brings him down. One day while giving his speech in school, he said "Patience is the key to life, and without the keys the doors are closed." "Every human being has a chance, but if you take it for advantage, it is hard to gain it back." "If you don't supply your mind with knowledge, you don't have self respect or confidence because your ability to answer any question is weak, and changes for greater opportunities is also weak." "Ignorance leads you to misery and a tasteless life." You have to strive for education while you are young, and don't waste your time in places that are not positively affecting your life. If times runs away from you, your chance for being successful runs away as well. If you want to have good behavior, it starts at saying "Yes ma'am". It starts from your home, and it develops your character as you grow. This is displayed in Willie's life as he obtains obstacles.