the small village of Loun-Ariik in Southern Sudan. Salva and his family are part of the Dinka tribe. Salva is a smart, happy boy who has just started to attend school. One day as he is daydreaming in class gunshots erupt outside the schoolhouse and Salva runs into the bush to escape the fighting between the government forces and the rebels. Salva walks with a group of other people who are fleeing the fighting, moving further and further away from his home and his family. Eventually the group is joined by his Uncle Jewiir, who becomes the group's leader. At one point while walking through the Akobo Desert Salva begins to lose hope, and Uncle Jewiir teaches him a lesson about setting and accomplishing small, manageable goals and never giving
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
Perseverance is an important theme in A Long Walk To Water. The first example of Perseverance is when Salva listens to what his uncle says. His uncle uses his full name, and Salva thinks of his family. Uncle tells him to only walk as far as that bush, or clump of rocks. Salva perseveres by thinking of his family. By thinking of his family, Salva is able to keep walking even though he’s tired, thirsty, hungry, and his feet hurt. The second example of Perseverance is when Salva is in the refugee camp. He hates the refugee camp and wants to get out of there. “I only need to get through the rest of this day, he told himself. This day and no other.” (pg 73) This shows that Salva is persevering because even though he hates the refugee camp, he
Even though Salva has faced lots of adversities in his life he still managed to overcome his troubles and remain a nice person. When his village was raided, his Uncle being robbed and killed, and his longtime refuge camp being forcefully closed resulting in him and others having to run across a crocodile infested river were just a few examples of the struggles he faced in his life. Just when the raid on his village started all Salva wanted to do was go home (Pg 7)” He wanted to shout ‘I need to go home! I must go home!’ but the words were blocked by the thumping in his throat”. Salva had been in school when he and his class heard gunfire. The teacher ushered the young boys in the back and told them to run, suddenly everyone sprinted away.
Culture, time, and place are all important in the development of Salva’s identity. Salva is one of the lost boys who wandered aimlessly in Africa, fleeing from the violence and bloodshed. Without any of these three factors, Salva would be missing a large portion of his personality.
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. In the end, his suffering paid off as his hope and dream of finding his family alive finally came true. Through the story of a young boy who treasured all his blessings in a harsh environment, I learned to value the things I have and to not waste these special
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. It was almost as if they had left their strength with him, to help him on his journey.” Another example is “ So he had to shake the fear of to continue the journey” These examples prove that Salva was determined because he knew that his family would want him to make the trip.
Dealing with conflict is a constant struggle in many people’s everyday life. In the two texts, “Swimming Upstream” by Beth Brant and The Orenda by Joseph Boyden, two characters are shown to experience conflict within society. Christophe, from The Orenda is a charismatic Jesuit missionary devoting his life to convert the Huron, while Anna May is a homosexual in an unaccepting society. Besides their daily endurance with injustice, they also deal with the internal struggle of guilt. Both Christophe and Anna May are trapped within their own guilt as they blame themselves for the death of those around them. To cope with their pain, they gain peace and solace through nature. The factor of nature is an attribute which helps them in their journey to acceptance. Thus, through close
In this book Salva survives his first few challenges because of hard work. In this book, after Salva joins a group of refugees he was left behind by this group because they believed he was too small/weak to travel. As a result He grows closer to an older woman ‘Auntie’ and works to not burden her. On page 17 of the book it states “Salva stayed in the woman’s barn again that night...water from the pond.”, this shows how mature Salva truly is as he refuses to cause
After reading the book, readers can see that one of the main factors for Salvas survival is hard work. Salva gets water and does housework for the old woman he considers family. In the text it states “He worked hard so she would not send him away.” (18) Salva worked hard, to have a place to stay during the fighting. Salva helped with the boats so he could get over the river faster. The text explains “It was hard work running back and forth between those cutting and those weaving.” (43) This means Salva is an achiever because instead of not helping because he was a child, he helped all the adults and got reeds. Salva leads a group of thousands of boys to Kenya with his dedication and determination. The text states “I will get us safely to Kenya, he thought. No matter how hard it is” (81) This demonstrates Salva being a hard-worker because he is helping thousands of boys cross to Kenya. Salva’s labor shows he will do anything to survive, and nothing will stop him.
One factor that helps Nya survive is her hard work. When Nya’s family is living at their regular home, Nya has to travel every day to a pond very far away to get water. The trip there and back takes her half a day and she must make this trip twice
Salva never gave up and took things ‘bit by bit, one step at a time. Nya always had hope and believed that there would be an easier way to get water, and she persevered every day by going to get water. Hope and perseverance relate to today because without them, we would never believe anything was going to get better or stay true to what we believe. We need hope in everyday life because if something is going bad at school, at home, at work, or anywhere, we need to be able to believe that something good will come. Also, we need to have perseverance because we need to stay true to what we believe or what we are
Water is a big factor for Salva and Nya. 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. In the text it states “Water had to be flowing constantly into borehole to keep the drill running smoothly.” (76)Water is important to the plants and to the machines.
In the novel “A long Walk to Water” the main characters nya and salva are alike in many ways yet they are different in unique ways.Some of the concepts that are common and uncommon about nya and salva is Time, Family, and each of their personalities. There are many explanations how those three concept are both alike and different.
Have you ever gone through the desert with only a small gourd of water? Well, the Lost boys of Sudan went through South Sudan to get away from the war, and some other challenges. In the book a Walk to Water Salva and Nya have problems of getting water, but Salva is based on a real person who went through the challenges of losing his family and the brutal Sudanese war. These are some of the challenges he faced and how he solved them with what he had throughout his life.