Around halfway through the journey across the desert, Salva was ravenous for any form of food or water, and he was languishing in the torrid conditions. His Uncle Jewir recognized the state that he was in, and there was a moment in the book where he tried to get him to continue. ‘“Do you see that group of bushes?” Uncle said, pointing. “You only need to walk as far as those bushes. Can you do that, Salva Mawien Dut Ariik?”’.
“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” (Linda Sue Park p.41) A personal journey is what a character goes through to change or improve themselves. The character Salva from A Long Walk to Water was a young boy that lived in the dinka tribe in Sudan. When he was at school he had heard gunshots and had to leave the country without any knowledge of where his family is. A personal journey is an adventure that teaches a character valuable lesson. In the book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park we follow Salva’s journey after he has to flee the country after war breaks out.
Some would say “Life on the road is suited for everyone”, others such as for myself, would disagree. Life on the road is not suited for everyone, because not everyone can throw away their normal life and go on the road or the wilderness and survive like Chris McCandless. Some would think, Chris McCandless, was on a suicide mission but he was only following his dreams and he actually did, unlike many people. Chris McCandless inspired so many people to move out, leave their old lives, and have a fresh start at their life. Chris McCandless was a independent person and he was trying to get away from civilization because he felt like he never fit into it.
As he is walking around the camp, he is trying to find his father, but at the same time he is wishing he didn’t, “‘Don’t let me find him! If only I could get rid of this dead weight, so that I could use all my strength to struggle for my own survival, and only worry about myself,’ I immediately felt ashamed of myself, ashamed forever,” (Wiesel, 111). This excerpt describes just how badly he wants to leave his father. He loves him dearly, but Elie gets constant reminders of the terrors of the camp. People die constantly and they don’t have to take care of a withered old man such as Elie’s father.
How was he able to keep his hope for rescue and keep on going? Most people would have given up but he didn't and all the survivors thank him for that. He said that he was able to keep going for a couple of reasons. One was because he realised that his dad had just lost his whole family and he wanted to tell his dad that he was okay. Another reason was that he was brought up to be very pragmatic to where if he had a problem, he was to just leave it behind him and stay positive.
His beloved father and brother passed away at a young age, and Mawi did not know how to handle this. Even though Mawi faced death in his family, it only motivated him more to try his best. “I almost abandoned my dreams of becoming a top student and earning a scholarship. But I loved my family too much to give up. And I knew that my brother Tewolde never would have given up.
The only thing that Luttrell showed power in was his mind. Luttrell may not have showed fighting strength but he was determined to do everything he could to survive. He did not show any signs of hubris or wrath like Beowulf. Marcus Luttrell wanted to give his dead friends and his family hope. His mind gave his body strength to survive whatever was necessary.
“ To no longer feel anything, neither fatigue nor cold, nothing. To break rank, to let myself slide to the side of the road… My father’s presence was the only thing that stopped me.” (?). If his father decides to give up and die, so will Elie. As Elie is pleading to his father that he keep marching and to have hope, he is also pleading for his own
There were only short periods in time where McCandless was truly on his own. His journey into Alaska would prove the longest period in time where he was on his own, but that would prove fatal to him. McCandless thought he wanted to escape society, even those whom he came to call “friend”. In the end, it was them who could have saved him from his doom and it is apparent when McCandless sees his entire life flash before he finally succumbs to death. McCandless most likely never sought out to be alone forever, but rather to find the answer to his questions along his journey.