Salva needs water so he can make it through the desert and the rain forest. Nya needs the water because she has to walk a day's walk away and the water is normally dirty. In the story it says ‘“Her sickness came from the water.” the nurse explained.’ (45) Water is very important for the people of South Sudan. Water is very important to people. They need water to get water.
When the war started affecting Salva and his village it became apparent to him that he may never see his family again. “If I die now, I will never see my family again.” (11) This thought helped Salva strengthen and have the instinct to survive so he could see his family again, which is one of the reasons he did survive. Not only did he think he would never see his family again, but he became friends with Marial, a boy from the group he was in, who was soon taken away from him as well. “It had sought out prey that was small and motionless: Marial, sleeping.” (41) While in the land of Atuot, the land of the lions, Marial was taken away from the camp while sleeping and eaten by one of them. Not only did Salva lose Marial and his family but he also lost the person he knew the most in the group, Uncle.
While his uncle was alive, he helped Salva do everything throughout the journey. Even when he died nobody forgot him and Salva’s memory of his loving uncle gave him the strength to finish the journey. Food and water was the most important factor that led to his survival. He knew that there was barely any water in the desert and that it was hard to find food which taught him to treasure everything he was given. Throughout the book we are led to believe that Salva’s parents and siblings had passed away but he never lost hope that they were still alive.
One thing in the story that made him more self-sufficient was when his group had left him behind in the barn. The text states, “Even before he was fully awake, Salva could feel that something was wrong. He lay very still with his eyes closed, trying to sense what it might be. Finally, he sat up and opened his eyes. No one else was in the barn.
When Salva had to lead thousands of boys to Kenya while he was exhausted from swimming in the River Gilo for as long as he can remember. Salva had the perseverance to lead so many boys abruptly before the refugees would have died or hunger or thirst, which many boys did die of hunger or thirst. “I will get us to safely to Kenya, he thought. No matter how hard it is “ (81). This quote shows that salva knew it was going to be a struggle but he still was able to get more than twelve hundred boys safely to Kenya.
The men shouted for everyone to get on the ground with their heads on their heads. The six men stopped in front of Salvas Uncle, they asked him questions about where they had came from. They then told Salva’s Uncle to drop his weapon and walk over to a nearby tree. “The man told Uncle to get up and leave his gun where it was. Two of the other men took Uncle to a tree a few yards away and tied him to it,”(Park 62).
The narrator states, “…Salva was slowly weakening…step by step.” This quote symbolizes Salvas build up to a man, “What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger.” Said the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. Salva is a transformed person by the end of the book. He has gone from a fortunate child to a refugee forced to flee his “village” to a man of great compassion and thoughtfulness to others. At the start of the novel, Salva is a fortunate child. The narrator says, “Salva’s father was a very successful man as he owned many cattle and worked as their villages judge an honored and respected position.” This meant that Salva could have many fantastic experiences that most could not.
It was unknown to her fans and also to her parents for a long time, until they decided to secretly get married. Selenas father did not approve of Chris until after they got married, in which it was too late to do anything. Unlike Perez, Yolanda Saldivar was dangerous to Selena, but no one would’ve thought that until the end, when Saldivar shot and killed Selena. Not only was Yolanda Saldivar the founder of Selenas fan club, she was also the manager of Selenas boutique in San Antonio (Biography.com). It all started when Selenas father accused Saldivar of embezzling money, and was about to fire her.
Which then he had “freedom.” As well as when he used his intelligence and used the tour guide incident with the water splashing on him to get tips off people and raise more money he normally did to pay off his debt. I like the fact that he was brave enough, strong, willing able to give up what many people die for. Only living in his van by himself with no one to talk to but himself. He survived his adventure and now he can have what he wanted from the beginning “freedom” As I did have parts I liked about the book I also had parts that I didn’t like. “It was season of selfishness, or at least that’s how I justified it” ken’s reasoning of breaking apart his relationship with Sami.
However determination can also be one of the theme for the readers because the old man, Santiago didn’t gave up fishing even if he had cramp but he took this as an encouragement in his old age. His strength of mind is still strong like his youth. Therefore this essay will emphasize on the old man’s struggle against marlin, battle of willingness and his bravery which supports the theme determination. The old man Santiago struggles against marlin over day and night. Santiago travels far beyond from his home because he needs to reveal his strength and prove that he is still able to be the fisherman that he once was.