When trying to survive, people have had stories that can make others upset to the stomach; such as killing or even eating the most terrible things. “The survival of the fittest,” is a quote that has been said many times through the years when it comes to a group of people trying to survive. It means that only the strong can survive, and not the weak because they could not make the hard choices unlike the strong. Getting trapped in a place with scarce resources or even a zombie apocalypse either way these situations take heart and much willpower to survive and live. Yet even with surviving a crisis like this, could mess a person up mentally and physically since it is very traumatic with the things they had to do and witness. In, “The Walking
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People will resort to drastic measures for survival. Elie Wiesel, a young Jewish boy learns about this as he goes through life in the concentration camps during the Holocaust. He talks about this in his book Night. In Night, Jews are taken from their homes and tortured to death. Everything is taken from the prisoners, so they have to fight for survival. Some of the prisoners give up, but others focus on fighting to the end with a bit of hope that they will make it out alive. Surviving in a place like a concentration camp is very hard and dangerous. Wiesel shows in his memoir that when survival is at stake, people lose self-respect and their humanity.
In disastrous situations, humans are brought to the extremes. At first, people panic and become desperate for any solution, as seen on pg. 74 where Kathy describes an empty shelved Walmart that looked like the end of the world. Greed and lawlessness due to a lack of police is also an extreme; this is seen on pgs. 128-129 when Zeitoun encounters a gang robbing a Shell station on his way to work, it had thugs armed with guns. It is even more clear on page 175, where Mayor Nagin described the events in the Superdome, “About three days we were basically rationing…that’s why the people, in my opinion, they got to this almost animalistic state…they were trapped…for five days watching dead bodies, watching hooligans killing people, raping people…” Mayor Nagin says that the feeling of desperateness, of being trapped, and of helplessness made people animalistic. On the other hand and to a lesser extent, people like Zeitoun show an opposite extreme. After Katrina, Zeitoun developed a hero complex after rescuing the
Survival stories are constantly broadcasted across the nation. People who hear these stories always think of the horrors of the situation and grieve for those who did not make it through. But people are often not found contemplated the thought of survival being a selfish choice. Are survivors selfish for choosing themselves instead of the people around them? The truth is that the answer to this question is complex.
People will go to the extreme to survive. For example, Bear Grills in his popular TV show “Man vs. Wild”. Once he had to drink his own urine and even sleep inside the carcass of an animal to keep warm. People have been known to do things they normally wouldn’t do in order to survive.
H: “Survival of the fittest” is a common phrase originating from the theory of natural selection. But what does it take to survive? B: Hyeonseo Lee proved she was a true survivor by escaping from North Korea, but returning to save her family. Aron Ralston displayed traits of a survivor when his arm was pinned to a crevice wall in Blue John Canyon, yet he never stops conceiving new ideas on how to escape. Likewise, Alison DiLaurentis and Cece Drake of the hit show “Pretty Little Liars” had to survive in hiding while they, and everyone they cared about were tormented and threatened by an anonymous being. T: Lee’s courage, Ralston’s cleverness, and Alison and Cece’s endurance show their audiences what it takes to be a survivor.
A survival is very brave because a person who try to live is brave, but that is not what I was talking about. What i am talking about is how they have to keep on living even though they are all alone. One example
The man mentions a few times how some survivors chose to become cannibals in order to survive, which is destructive to one’s conscience and mental stability. After seeing cannibals once, the man says to the boy, “You wanted to know what the bad guys looked like” (65). Based on the fact that the man and the boy are not cannibals, it can be assumed that they have a relatively healthier mindset and are therefore emotionally stronger than the rest of the survivors. In addition, the contrast between the good guys and bad guys serves as motivation to keep going, for most humans want the “good guys” to survive similar situations. This strength helps them survive as long as possible, compared to others that seem to get killed off
Hook: Many say they are survivors, but in these situations surviving is more difficult than ever. Background: When in a survival situation having certain traits could help one, like in “My Escape from North Korea” by Hyeonseo Lee,” Trapped” by Aron Ralston,and “the most dangerous game” by Richard Connell. Thesis: The traits one needs to survive include a strong will,persistence ,prior knowledge ,quick thinking ,and superior survival skills.
The trait of survival is echoed throughout all animals but none quite as strongly human beings, our nature to survive has driven us to create things that we previously had thought impossible, and not always for the best. “If I had a gun, I know I would have killed him.” This illustrates the anarchic and feral nature of survival and how it can drive us to do terrible things in our own self defence. More ever, it shows that for people with good intentions often are victimised by others who are only out for personal gain. Such as Greg Sims, a previous next door neighbour of Josephine who, when confronting her in a McDonalds parking lot says “Let’s take turns in the back. I know your dying to. It’s in your blood you know.” This vile statement displays the terrible darker side of the human nature, one of lust and desire with a careless disregard for the wellbeing of
The average person will find him/herself in a survival situation at least once a day. There has been an ongoing debate on whether survival is selfish. Studies have shown that people involved in a life-threatening situation are more likely to focus on saving him/herself rather than helping the others around them. Other people say that survival is smart rather than selfish; however, in a life threatening situation there is little that separates smart from selfish which makes the smart thing to do also the selfish thing to do. Survival is selfish because people will jeopardize the lives of others to save him/herself and people become indifferent towards others around them when they are in a life-threatening situation.
Charles Darwin once said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” Survival is one’s continuation of living life after endeavoring difficult circumstances. In order to survive, selfishness is required. Selfishness is the quality of being predominantly concerned with oneself, as opposed to the well-being of others.
When the word survival comes to mind, many often think about a group of savage boys on an island fighting over food and shelter. However, there is another aspect to this term. Many don’t fully grasp the extent to which a person’s mind utilizes its natural instincts. Any situation– from drowning in body
As we see time and time again, humans are willing to do nearly anything to survive. There have been many cases of practically ordinary people defying the odds, doing everything necessary to stay alive and survive.
John Hersey, the author of the book “Hiroshima”, recounts the tragic events surrounding six survivors living in Hiroshima at a time the atomic bomb was being dropped. “The characters in his account are living individuals, not composite types. The story is their own story, told as far as possible in their own words” (Hersey VI). Part of Hersey’s goal was to emphasize how catastrophic events can foster a need for survival and bring communities together as they lean on each other for support. Although cultural behaviors differ around the globe, the basic needs in which to satisfy for survival are surprisingly similar. For this analysis, we will take a brief look at what is inherent in each of us, the need for survival.