In Linda Park’s novel “A Long Water To Water” Linda talks about a 11 year old boy named Salva Dut who had to go through the Second Sudanese war and had to leave everything behind and go to the bushes and ha To Begin, an important survival factor that Salva had to do to survive was determination. Salva had to use determination to not only survive the longest day in the Akobo desert but also had to conquer his discouragement from the pain he had from stubbing his toe which made his toenail fall off. “The worst moment of the day happened near the end. Salva stubbed his bare toe on a rock, and his whole toenail came off. The pain was terrible. Salva tried to bite his lip, but the awfulness of that never-ending day was too much for him. He lowered his …show more content…
Soon he crying so hard that he could barely get his breath. He could not think; he could barely see. He had to slow down, and for the first time on the long journey, he began to lag behind the group. Stumbling about blindly, he did not notice the group drawing farther and farther ahead of him” (P.53). This quote show that not only that Salva stubbed his toe and made his toenail fall off but also the first time we see him in tears from agony and lagging behind from the group by his discouragement and his agony. Another important survival factor that Salva had to do to survive was to be stronger physically and mentally. Salva was getting stronger physically and mentally by not only his friend and his uncle dead but also the attitude that the group give to Salva which made Salva to feel physically and mentally stronger “Marial was gone. Uncle was gone, too, murdered by those Nuer men right before Salva’s eyes. Marial and
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In the book, A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park, Salva learns it is okay to rely on others for help. This essay view’s on how Salva was able to make it through the desert, despite all the difficulties, using motivating words from his uncle. “He had to slow down, and for the first time on the long journey, he had began to lag behind the group.” (Linda Sue Park,53) At this point in the walk through the Akobo Desert Salva was behind the group thirsty, injured, and tired, not sure if he could keep walking.
Without the help from the people, Salva wouldn’t have made it past the bumps throughout the road. One element that helped Salva survive his long journey is when the Dinka woman helped him out. When the group left Salva alone by himself, the Dinka woman decided to let him stay in the barn. Also, the group thought that Salva was not worthy of staying with, so they abandoned him. Since they left him behind, as a result the elderly woman decided to let Salva settle down in her barn.
Salva was told to hide and seek safety in a bush, as well as not going into the war-ravaged villages. The bush helped protect Salva because he wouldn’t be seen by soldiers armed with firearms. As well as finding safety, Salva survived his hardships by finding food. Acquiring food was another factor that aided Salva’s survival.
Do you know what it takes to survive? In A Long Walk to water, Salva[how he had to survive]. Salva had to be very brave t do what he did and very strong to do it. There were many factors that helped Salva survive such as persistence, leadership, and strength.
The first big problem he deals with is thinking his family is dead in this war and not being with them (Park, 22). The second big problem is Salva losing the close people he was with like his only friend Marial (Park, 40) and Salva's uncle (Park, 63). The next problem is when Salva had a near-death experience (Park, 78,79). The last problem is when Salva had to deal with terrible refugee camps (Park, 84). Even with all of these issues (and more), Salva continued his journey and persevered as by the end of the book, he was in a good situation, living in New York City (Park, 98, 99), performing talks for his company (Park, 109) and being the CEO of a company that was helping South Sudanese villages with their water problems (Park, 115).
Salva also didn’t give up when he barely could move because of his lack of energy. Another point in the novel Salva made it to a camp that would take care of his needs (shelter, food, water, warmth, cloths). Years later he is forced to leave the camp and chased into the Gilo river. The Gilo river contains alligators, and the men who chased them were trying to shoot them with guns, there was also a large possibility that they could have drowned. You would have to be brave to jump into a river with alligators eating children, and kids being shot and floating down the river right before your eyes.
The first survival factor salva had that helped him finish his journey is his hope to find his family. Salva has mentioned how his family has pushed him to continue going when he wanted to give up multiple times. In the text it says, “Each time Salva would think of his family and his village it would push him too keep moving one painful step at a time” This quote proves that the thought of his family pushes him to push through the painful journey that he has to go through to survive. Salva cared about his family a lot which is great because he won't ever give up looking and that's why he found his father at the end of the story, In the text it's says “Where are we going?
I have wondered since I read a long walk to water how did Salva and the group he was in keep going. My idea is they wanted to reach their own goals and the goals of the group, also I believe it was so they could find their families and maybe even live life normally again. I believe Salva wanted keep going with the group because he had goals set for surviving till the war was over, this is a quote that backs it up “Each time, Salva would think of his family and his village, and he was somehow able to keep his wounded feet moving forward, one painful step at a time” (p. 41). He also stayed with the group so he could keep going without stopping, because he knew it was safe within the group I also believe that Salva wanted to find his family
Throughout the novel Salva demonstrates determination by pushing himself to do his best and not give up on anything no mater what is going on. One instance where Salva showed determination is on page 65, paragraph 4. “Marial was gone. Uncle was gone, too, murdered by those Nuer men right before salva’s eyes. Marial and uncle were no longer by his side,and they never would be again,but salva knew that both of them would have wanted him to survive,to finish the trip and reach the itang refugee camp safely.
Salva’s labor shows he will do anything to survive, and nothing will stop him. Once Salva started walking, another factor of his survival kicked in, He was a very lucky young boy. Salva was very fortunate because he didn’t get shot or attacked by crocodiles. In the text it states “Stunned, Salva realized that being forced under the water had
The first component that helps Salva survive is his hope. To hope means “to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true. ”(Merriam Webster Dictionary) Although he is let down at times, he does not diminish the idea of surviving this terrible journey.