Linda Sue Park hooked readers with the novel A Long Walk to Water. This book is about the true story of Salva Mawien Dut Ariik, who was a lost boy from the second Sudanese War in the 1980’s. Salva was separated from his village and family when he was 11 years old. Salva had many challenges he needed to get through, and used bravery, persistence, and strength to do so. First, Salva’s bravery is a factor in how he survives some difficult situations, one of them is when Salva was walking through the land of the Atuot, where the path is surrounded by lions.
In a novel or book, the setting can have a major effect on the character. It can also play a role in a major conflict of a story. In the book, "A Long Walk to Water" by Linda Sue Park, the setting, being a desert, takes effect in influencing characters, plot, and mood throughout the story. Firstly, the setting of this novel causes Nya to experience many feelings and emotion such as pain, sorrow, and grief.
The book "A Long Walk to Water" talks about how a boy named Salva has to live his life. The part about Salva is real, but the author(Linda Sue Park) decided to spice it up and add a fictional character. The fictional character is named Niya. She has a sister that almost dies in the book. But, as I said she is not real.
A major theme in the true story, A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park is perseverance. Perseverance is to stay steady in what you are doing or in a purpose, especially when you are faced with difficulties. This is a perfect theme for A Long Walk to Water because the main character, Salva Dut, an 11 year old Sudanese boy, faced many difficulties and kept going. He took things ‘bit by bit, one step at a time’, a lesson he learned from his uncle that helped him get through the desert, and he applied it to his life and kept going and believing his family was alive. Even though he almost died many times, he did not give up, and he went back to his home country and helped many people have better lives by building wells and giving them clean drinking water.
Sims Pond Trail As early environmentalist John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” Every person receives a unique gift when walking through the wilderness. For some, the gift is tranquility. For others, it is invigoration.
In both books Bound by Donna Jo Napoli and A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park the main characters Salva and Xing Xing have doubts about father figures in their lives. In Salva’s circumstance, his Uncle, halfway through their journey, tells Salva that he will not stay with him. Salva realizes he will no longer have any biological family with him anymore. He feels betrayed and is lonely for a while after his Uncle’s decision. Shortly thereafter, Uncle is brutally shot and murdered leaving him is alone again.
In the book A Long Walk to Water, the main character Salva must overcome a lot of challenges in order for his survival. He is persistent, a hard worker, and just overall a very lucky young boy. These factors are very big reasons for his survival. After reading the book, readers can see that one of the main factors for Salvas survival is hard work.
“Quitting leads to much less happiness in life than perseverance and hope.” (Page 117) -Salva Dut In Sudan the water is the hardest thing to get, imagine you going to walk 5 miles to get a 45lb water jug then put on your head and walk another 5 mile all the way back home but the water in jug is full of insects and bacteria that can make you sick or even death after while the natural water will dry up so you and your family have to move with it and you walk again for miles they hope to find water and they won’t get killed by humans or animals. Salva is changing this cycle of moving with the water by raising money for them but he could not have done it if he was not a water follower himself and his story shows how he has become a leader.
that it prevents his soul from slipping out (Tanner 1964: 20). Boker points out that he uses those enjoyable memories because they are emotionally neutral. They can help him to forfend the sorrow after losing many things during the war. She also adds that this particu-lar short story is “a parable (…) about the desperate need to master the contents of the con-scious mind so that loss and grief are denied entry into this precariously and defensively controlled domain of the psyche” (1996: 197).
In 1983 a war began between northern and southern Sudan and about 2 million civilians were killed and more than 4 million people were forced to flee their homes, those people were called the Lost Boys of Sudan and were fleeing violence and afraid of being forced into. The Lost Boys of Sudan had to walk great distances with limited resources and by the time they all reached a refugee camp in Kenya only about 10,000 out of the original 26,000 survived. In the historical fiction book, A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park a Lost Boy named Salva is trying to survive and find his family throughout his journey through rough terrain. Throughout the story, Salva was very brave, determined, and mature and those three things made it possible for Salva
What would you do if you were separated from your home and your family to become a refugee during a war? Do you think you would survive? In Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water, The Sudanese Civil War breaks out in Salva’s village and he must run away from his home and family in an effort to survive. In order to overcome the many difficulties he is faced with, Salva uses three main survival factors; hope, persistence, and his uncle’s support.
A Long Walk to Water is based on a true story written by Linda Sue Park. The novel is focused on two young children named Nya and Salva. Salva is a “Lost Boy” who escaped a war from his village in Loun-Arik and all southern Sudan searching for a new home and get to see his family again. Along with fighting for his life. But what made his survival possible?