Angela Duckworth

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Cody Coleman Character Analysis

Cody Coleman is a computer scientist who, Duckworth argues, overcame poverty and a substandard education to succeed thanks to his grit. Duckworth points out that Coleman developed grit because key adults—including his brother and his high school math teacher—supported him and set high expectations for him. She cites Coleman in order to suggest that adults besides parents can serve as important role models of grit for young people.

Cody Coleman Quotes in Grit

The Grit quotes below are all either spoken by Cody Coleman or refer to Cody Coleman. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of Grit published in 2018.
Chapter 10: Parenting for Grit Quotes

“You don’t need to be a parent to make a difference in someone’s life. If you just care about them and get to know what’s going on, you can make an impact. Try to understand what’s going on in their life and help them through that. That’s something I experienced firsthand. It made the difference.”

Related Characters: Cody Coleman (speaker)
Page Number: 222
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Cody Coleman Character Timeline in Grit

The timeline below shows where the character Cody Coleman appears in Grit. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10: Parenting for Grit
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...but they all have some mentor at a crucial point in their life. For instance, Cody Coleman was born to an incarcerated mother and raised by his impoverished, aging grandmother. He wasn’t... (full context)