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Survival Text Set

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Emily Jarema

on 3 May 2010

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Survival Unrealistic Setting Realistic Setting The Hunger Games Ender's Game The Zombie Survival Guide The Life of Pi 28 Days Later Lord of the Flies Fable Freak Show The Pursuit of Happyness Lying Like Lions (Brothers) This song by Gatsby's American Dream is about the book Lord of the Flies and also discusses their struggle on the island.

Landed in this place The boys need to leave some things at home,
Tried to make this island more like home such as some of their civility, in order to survive.
But there are some things
Better left behind

We came here on a plane
Just a bunch of little boys
Oh oh oh ooooo

Dance around the fire
And we strike him down

Never going home Even if they do get off the island, their experience
Not really will stay with them the rest of their lives. They
We'll take this island everywhere we go must struggle to move on.

We came here on a plane
Just a bunch of little boys
Oh oh oh ooooo

Dance around the fire The boys struggle to resist becoming barbaric.
Then we strike him down
We'll burn the island down
Kill the pig pig, kill the pig pig
Kill the pig pig

We came here on a plane
Just a bunch of little boys
Oh oh oh ooooo

Dropped a boulder on his brain The boys' new barbaric tendencies and struggle
You can never take it back to stay sane end up having them murder
Oh oh oh oh ooooo one of their own.

Dance around the fire(see the world in a swirl of hues)
Then we strike him down
We'll burn the island down
Kill the pig pig, kill the pig pig
Kill the pig pig An unreleased track by Brand New tells a common, real life story of people struggling through war. The tone of voice of the singer, sounding like he's losing breath sometimes or that he is desperate, helps depict the struggle of the situation.

So the air is getting colder and the news keeps us scared Knowing that someone you love is fighting in the war
I still wrestle this summer from the bones of our tired and blistered hands is a constant struggle because they will always be on
'Cause tonight we got drinks with just a couple of friends your mind and you will never know if they are alive
And the girl that my brother likes is finally talking to him and okay until they come home.
And his chest is all swelled like he's proud and happy
Like he's got a great idea, like he's making a memory

Wake up and and come out to the car The struggle of loss and also the pain of sending a
There's an East swell coming and it's howling off shore loved one out to war.
And we'll be lying like lions out in the sand
But I'll be dead before you put a gun in my brother's hands

So we make jokes back home and we lighten the mood Trying to forget, the pain a family endures, and the
But growing up my parents saw what sending a kid to fight can really do inevibility of this cycle. There will always be war, they
And now with the war, I can tell they're a little shook up will always need more soldiers, and there will always
'Cause just a few mother's sons will never really be enough be many innocent lives taken.
Not 'til half of our names are etched out in the wall
And the other half ruined from the things we saw Haunted
The Hunger games takes place in a somewhat unrealistic world (compared to the current world at least) where children are forced to participate in a fight to the death as a form of entertainment for the community.

•“…I establish the slow hunter’s tread I use when tracking game. Within a few minutes, I spot a rabbit and make my first kill with the bow and arrow…I’m filthy from head to toe. I try splashing myself but eventually just lie down in the water for a few minutes, letting it wash off the soot and blood and skin that has started to peel off my burns”

Katniss, the main character, has to use her hunting skills during a fight to the death in order to survive. She also has to endure injuries that she faces in the wilderness, including burns and tortured skin that were difficult to nurse in the harsh conditions. This proves that she must not only struggle in killing the other competitors, but also must struggle in the hardships the wilderness presents.

•“Morning brings distress. My head throbs with every beat of my heart. Simple movements send stabs of pain through my joints. I fall, rather than jump from the tree. It takes several minutes for me to assemble my gear. Somewhere inside me, I know this is wrong. I should be acting with more caution, moving with more urgency. But my mind seems foggy and forming a plan is hard.”

Another struggle Katniss must face is fatigue, brought on by lack of sleep, food, and water. It begins to take a toll on her survival tactics and makes her struggle to survive much more difficult.

•"You don't forget the face of the person who was your last hope."

Katniss struggles to keep hope in her fight to survive.

Ender's Game presents a futuristic setting of Earth that is in danger of alien attack. The talented children of Earth go to a battle school to learn how to take part in war and defeat the alien enemies.

•"At last he came to a door, with these words in glowing emeralds: THE END OF THE WORLD. He did not hesitate. He opened the door and stepped through."

Ender, one of the most talented fighters in the battle school, struggles through an interactive game about war that aids him in his training. After struggling through the game for a long time, he finally reaches an important part of the game. This passage shows that in order to reach a high status and potential, Ender had to struggle through the hardships of training.

•"Perhaps it's called the end of the world because it's the end of the games, because I can go to one of the villages and become one of the little boys working and playing there, with nothing to kill and nothing to kill me, just living there. As he thought of it, though, he could not imagine what "just living" might actually be. He had never done it in his life. But he wanted to do it anyway."

Another struggle the children had in battle school was leaving their families and being completely dedicated to train for battle. These kids in the battle schools were forced to grow up at a young age and had to struggle through a new lifestyle of learning to battle that was full of discipline and hardship.

•"I'm doing it again, thought Ender. I'm hurting people again, just to save myself. Why don't they leave me alone, so I don't have to hurt them?"

The children, including Ender, also have to face the fact that they will be hurting and killing others when learning to fight. They have to kill in order to survive and help their planet survive, which is a difficult realization to face.

The Zombie Survival Guide presents a systematic guide on how to surivive during a zombie outbreak. Whether you believe the idea of a zombie plague to be realistic or not, Max Brooks presents a new way of life in a new world that is dependent on struggle and survival.

•"Use your head; cut off theirs."

One of the simplest and most important pieces of advice the book has to offer. The survivors of the zombie outbreak must struggle to seperate themselves from these monsters and be sure that they hold no sympathy for these creatures that used to be humans. They are no longer your friends and family, they are threats, and survivors must struggle to kill the ones they used to be close to.

•"The dead walk among us. Zombies, ghouls—no matter what their label—these somnambulists are the greatest threat to humanity, other than humanity itself."

Not only are the zombies a threat to the life of the survivor's, but so are the other survivors. In the struggle to stay alive the humans that are left must fight over the last resources left on Earth and struggle to fight off the zombies and humanity.

•“Survival is the key word to remember—not victory, not conquest, just survival.”

Another realization the book offers to survivors is that you cannot save the world. Although it seems to happen in some zombie movies, it is impossible as one person (or one group of people) to save humanity and bring the world back to what it once was. This is a key struggle for the living. They must give up their hopes that everything will go back to normal.
In Life of Pi, the main character Pi is stranded in a small boat in the ocean. If it isn't hard enough to survive in a boat, try doing it with a tiger as well.

•"This was the terrible cost of Richard Parker. He gave me a life, my own, but at the expense of taking one. He ripped the flesh off the man's frame and cracked his bones. The smell of blood filled my nose. Something in me died then that has never come back to life."

While stranded in a boat, Pi must always be aware that Richard Parker, the tiger he is sharing the small boat with, could take his life at any moment. Pi must struggle with the constant fear that his only companion could end his existence.

•"Animals in the wild lead lives of compulsion and necessity within an unforgiving social hierarchy in an environment where the supply of fear is high and the supply of food low and where territory must constantly be defended and parasites forever endured. What is the meaning of freedom in such a context? Animals in the wild are, in practice, free neither in space nor in time, nor in their personal relations."

Pi can compare his own situation to the struggle of animals in the wild. Like in the wild, he has a high supply of fear since there is a tiger willing to eat him, a low supply of food, and tough environmental conditions like the sun he can't escape.

•"As an aside, story of sole survivor, Mr. Piscine Molitor Patel, Indian citizen, is an astounding story of courage and endurance in the face of extraordinarily difficult and tragic circumstances. In the experience of this investigator, his story is unparalleled in the history of shipwrecks. Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long at sea as Mr. Patel, and none in the company of an adult Bengal tiger."

Again, Pi struggled through and survived an extraordinary circumstance at sea.
28 Days Later presents a tale of a virus that infects humans and turns them into zombies. The survivors stick together as they try to find safe places to live and resources to help them survive.

•This is what I've seen in the four weeks since infection. People killing people. Which is much what I saw in the four weeks before infection, and the four weeks before that, and before that, and as far back as I care to remember. People killing people. Which to my mind, puts us in a state of normality right now.

This quote shows that although the struggle of killing is new and more frequent during the zombie outbreak, it still existed in the normalcy of their old lives. The fact is people will kill other people, and the survivors must struggle through the killing and the death in order to survive.

•He was full of plans. Have you got any plans, Jim? Do you want us to find a cure and save the world or just fall in love and fuck? Plans are pointless. Staying alive's as good as it gets.

The survivors must realize that they can't make any grand plans to save the world. Right now all they can do is save their own lives. They must struggle to give up their ties of the old world in order to save themselves in the new world.
Haunted depicts a story of 17 writers who go on a retreat together to each write their own story. They are locked in a house for three months in good conditions. They have food, water, heat, and everything else a normal house would have. However, the writers start sabotaging each other in order to make their experience more interesting and have more drama,so the people left behind have an incredible story to tell and write about in order to become famous.

•"Yes, terrible things happen, but sometimes those terrible things- they save you."

This is a theme that goes on throughout the book. The characters choose to make each other suffer through death and terrible living conditions in order to make a great survival story full of struggle to save their careers.

•“The earth, he'd say, is just a big machine. A big processing plant. A factory. That's your big answer. The big truth. Think of a rock polisher, one of those drums, goes round and round, rolls twenty-four/seven, full of water and rocks and gravel. Grinding it all up. Round and round. Polishing those ugly rocks into gemstones. That's the earth. Why it goes round. We're the rocks. And what happens to us--the drama and pain and joy and war and sickness and victory and abuse--why, that's just the water and sand to erode us. Grind us down. To polish us up, nice and bright.”

This quote describes that suffering, or the things that grind the rocks down, is necessary in order to become beautiful or what we want to be.

•“You are permanent, but this life is not. You don’t expect to visit an amusement park, then stay forever. No, we’re only visiting, and Mr. Whittier knows that. And we’re born here to suffer. If you can accept that, you can accept anything that happens in the world. The irony is, if you can accept that- you’ll never again suffer. Instead, you’ll run toward torture. You’ll enjoy pain.”

This speaks of the inevitable suffering that everyone must face. One must put up with suffering and see that it is a fact of life. But, one must also be careful how they accept suffering.

•“We have pain and hate and love and joy and war in the world because we want them. And we want all that drama to prepare us for the test of facing death.”

We all deal with suffering and have small amounts of suffering in our lives to prepare us for the ultimate form of suffering, which is death.

Lord of the Flies follows a typical story of a group of boys stranded on an island that must find a way to survive on their own.

•"The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away."

The struggle of living in this new world, very unlike the one they came from, begins. The boys also struggle through adjusting to the new people they become.

•"'Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!'"

This represents not only the boys struggle through finding food to eat to survive, but also their character change into barbarians. The group of boys seperates into two, one trying to stay civilized and another that is becoming barbaric, and the two groups struggle to fight for power on the island.

•“His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.”

The boys trying to remain civilized struggle through the actions they must take in order to survive, including taking the life of a pig.

•“Maybe there is a beast....maybe it's only us.”

Again, the boys struggle to stay orderly and together, yet some turn into horrible barbaric monsters.
Survival can mean something simpler, such as surviving high school. In Freak Show Billy Bloom struggles through his senior year as a homosexual boy in a sea of heteronormativity.

•“It’s horrible. Hateful. Danger is everywhere. Everyone is out to get me.”

Beginning school without a single friend, Billy struggled against all of the hateful people around him that won't accept his sexuality.

•“Suddenly, I’m scared of everything. Everything. THE SLIPPERY SLOPE OF DESPAIR.”

Billy never feels safe in his own school, especially since one of his teachers seems to ignore his struggles from the harassment in class.

•“The jackals are circling ever closer, ever bolder. Their shouts and taunts are louder. The violence is now flagrant, even casual. Bruises are commonplace. As is blood”

Not only does Billy struggle through emotional abuse from his classmates, but physical too. Also, comparing his classmates to jackals shows their animalistic side and how Billy's survival is similar to that in the wild.


Having so many quotes like this one shows that Billy puts up with this problem every single day and has an endless identity struggle from the torment of his classmates.
The Pursuit of Happyness is a rags to riches story about a man and his son. They struggle to live on the streets without a home while the father tries to find a job and provide for his son.

• “Hey. Don't ever let somebody tell you... You can't do something. Not even me. All right? You got a dream... You gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want somethin', go get it. Period.”

This is a philosophy that sums up the whole movie. The father never gives up, even as he struggles watching his own son having to sleep with him in a public bathroom since they are without a home. He never gives up, knowing he must struggle to reach his goal of giving his son a good life.

•“The important thing about that freedom train, is it's got to climb mountains. We ALL have to climb mountains, you know. Mountains that go way up high, and mountains that go deep and low. Yes, we know what those mountains are here at Glide. We sing about them.”

In order to reach freedom, you have to face obstacles. Things don't come easy, one must struggle to survive.
Survival is a universal premise seen throughout different texts. It presents a situation where characters can be developed, lessons can be learned, and goals can be reached. One common theme that all survival stories have is struggle. In order to live, endure, and survive one must face many struggles. Although the typical survival story is presented through being stranded in the wilderness or in competition, survival can be seen through a wide range of texts. It can go anywhere from space wars, zombies, and stranded islands to sexuality, war, and poverty. In my text set I explore the struggle within survival in a diverse assortment of texts, which I divided up into unrealistic and realistic settings (unrealistic meaning fantasy or fiction and realistic meaning true life stories or things that can happen in the real world). While investigating the texts I found that both have very similar themes, thoughts, and characters throughout. The most important thing, however, is that they all exhibit similar themes of the struggle to survive in many different, and similar, ways. By Emily Jarema
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