Themes In A Long Walk To Water

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A Long Walk To Water (ALW) and The Big Wave (TBW) are two books that share the same themes but in different situations and circumstances. Jiya(the protagonist of TBW) and Salva (the protagonist of ALW) go through many challenges. These stories are based on true events and both protagonists face major obstacles. In both stories we learn about the wisdom of elders, motivation of loss, and the importance of family.

Both characters decide to stick with friends and family. Jiya is orphaned by his friend’s family because of the tsunami that killed his family. He has the chance to grow up in luxury, raised by the wealthy Old Gentleman, as opposed to growing up in poverty with Kino. He chooses to live with Kino because the temple will not have Kino and love is better than wealth. When Salva arrives in America, he majors in business which he uses to help him drill wells for the people of Sudan. The people in Sudan are like his friends and family, and they have also been in the same situation. He tries to help Sudan to the best of his abilities, “Each time, Salva would think of his family
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Jiya has to endure through the loss of his whole family. When Salva makes his long trip to escape the war he deals with the deaths of Uncle Jewiir and Mariel. he also has to go through almost dying by Ethiopian gunmen. "'Do you see that group of bushes?' Uncle said, pointing. 'You need only to walk as far as those bushes. Can you do that, Salva Mawien Dut Ariik?'" (ALW 5). Salva began to forget about the journey and started to set small goals going step by step through the desert. With those small goals, he was able to persist through that long journey to Ethiopia. In TBW, Jiya loses his whole family to a disastrous tsunami. In the book Jiya perseveres by focusing on other people and not drowning in the sadness of the death. Jiya used the help of Kino’s family to Both Characters face hardships and hurdles while persevering through their different
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