David Laskin’s The Children’s Blizzard explains the devastating force of an intense blizzard, which caught several people unprepared, and it tells the tragic stories of these people. On January 12, 1888 a massive blizzard struck the center of North America, killing between 250 to 500 people and affecting thousands. There were many factors that made this blizzard exceptionally deadly. Many farmers and children who were outside were unprepared to deal with any cold conditions, “a day when children had raced to school with no coats or gloves and farmers were far from home doing chores they had put off during the long siege of cold” (Laskin 2). The reason for this is because they had no idea the blizzard was coming.
You Are Your Most Valuable Asset Gary Paulsen’s survival novel, Hatchet, tells the story of Brian Robeson, a thirteen-year-old boy whose plane crashes after the pilot has a heart attack, leaving him stranded in the Canadian wilderness. He spends fifty-four days near an L-shaped lake, surviving nature 's unforgiving atmosphere with only his hatchet as a tool and his thoughts as a friend. Furthermore, Brian learns that he is his most important resource, and this is later proven to be the main theme of the story. The theme you are your best resource is shown throughout the novel when Brian when he makes fire, and when he retrieves the survival pack from the plane. Initially, Brian shows how he has to rely on himself when he lands the plane,
Even if he hated them, he should of told them because his parents were worried and they wanted him to succeed. Because of the fact that he made poor decisions, traveled into the wilderness for no good reason, and lacked common sense, I agree with the statement that Chris is completely ignorant. Chris McCandless went on a journey that eventually lead him to Alaska where he met his demised. He took on the name Alexander Supertramp. In the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer it states, “What Walt, Billie, and Carine didn’t know when they flew down to Atlanta to
Because he is not prepared, McCandless dies in a bus he finds. Chris had every intention of coming back to civilization, but sadly eats something poisonous and is unable to get it out of his system. Prior to eating the poisonous food, Chris tries to cross the river that he had easily traveled through in the spring. Since it is now winter, he is unable to do so and is forced to retreat back to the bus. Though the book focuses on McCandless, it tells brief stories of other men who have gone into nature and passed away as well.
The Japanese boat Tsimtsum in which the family takes to travel to Canada with all their animals unfortunately sinks. Pi is able to escape onto a life raft as for the rest of his family ends up not surviving the wreck. The big turning point in the story where Pi now has to find out a way to survive. A tiger named “Richard Parker”, a zebra, a hyena and an Orangutan named “Orange Juice” are all stuck on a lifeboat with Pi. Pi begins to start using the wisdom his dad had taught him through the years.
“Mental Illness so you go Into the WIld” “In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter….” stated Jon Krakauer.
However, his conduct causes even more problems. By using the limited fuel left in the snowmobiles to go to the farther KIK outpost over the village of natives, Pollack burns through all of the gas only to discover an abandoned site. Because of Pollack's asininity, he and Hoffman are forced to trudge through the deep snow for multiple miles in order to approach the village. Even the trek devolves into chaos as Pollack and Hoffman are affected by the gas, ultimately revealing Abby to be the sole survivor of this terrible ordeal. A parallel can be drawn to humanity's nature of pollution.
Chris’s death did not actually surprise anyone it was actually expected. The cause of Chris’s death was because of dried seedpods. At the end of Into the Wild Jon Krakauer described the reason Chris died. As you continue to read on Jon said that Chris died because “Between meals he stored those green seedpods in damp unclean ziploc bags an excellent culture for the proliferation of mold,” (Krakauer 194). This quote tells that he died because the seeds in the ziploc bag got really damp and so it molded and Chris didn’t know because he doesn't know what mold looks like.
Harry, a writer, who hasn’t written much, finds himself dealing with a deadly infection close to the mountains of Kilimanjaro. The time when he was suffering from an infection that caused him gangrene was the only time he was aware of his existence. While he starts to be aware that death is coming based on the vultures and hyenas that were circling around his camp, he reflects back to his memories. The same memories he starts regretting not to write. Most of those flashbacks involved snow and that’s what drives him closer to believing that this is where it all ends, close to the Snows of Kilimanjaro.
A 13-year-old boy named Brian Roberson survives a horrible plane crash in the middle of nowhere. The only item he has to help him with and keep him alive is his hatchet. He is stranded with nobody to help. He is from the city and is hard for him to make it. He uses his hatchet and other items to survive in the wilderness.
The amount of skill needed to hike mountains, cross rivers, and survive deserts is crucial (Doc A). He was lost, and had to use a tree that had been struck by lightning and “he lit a branch in the dying flames”. “Each night he huddled in a hole that he’d dug”, so that he could be warm and not get frostbite. “He ate what he was available” and drank water store in hollowed-out horse-leg containers (Doc B). After doing all of those things that nobody else would think to do I think that it is safe to say that he has great survival skills.
McCunn was careless he didn’t remember to get a way out of the arctic for winter time, he died painfully. It was a life lesson to pay attention to the signs around you. To be safe rather than sorry, McCunn to me was stupid, he threw away shotgun shells just because he thought he could, he didn’t pay attention to his surrounding, he didn’t even know how to signal help. He never helped himself so no one could help him, this was similar to McCandles. Alex had limited supplies, he stopped all contact with the people who knew of him.
The natives did not have warm clothes to pass true the cold weather but the settlers were well prepared for the snowy mountains. The natives were very cold and they were hungry; thousands of people died along the way. The constitution which was written in 1787, it states in the 5th amendment that is also part of the Bill of Rights, “ nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation”. No one can use or take someone 's property without the permission. The United States went against their own rights, they took away property from the natives, because they needed to expand, without even conversing with them.
More fragile than he would have thought. How much was gone already?” This thought by the man is part of the reoccurring theme of the colorless and stark post-apocalyptic world the man and the boy must travel through. When the man thinks this, he is in despair and numb to the world around him. He and his son are sitting at the campfire wondering if they’ll survive the next several days with the lack of food they have. Being born a considerable time before the apocalypse and have living through the start of the apocalypse, the man was a first-hand witness to the disappearance of different colors, birds and foods.