Have you ever been in situation where death could be just around the next corner and there is not a single thing you can do to change it? How would you react? What would you do? In this essay I will discuss how all reactions are predetermined by the circumstances, in the texts “The Fault In Our Stars” written by John Green, “We All Looked Up” written by Tommy Wallach, “Tomorrow When The War Began” written by John Marsden, and “127 Hours” directed by Danny Boyle.
The book “Tomorrow When The War Began” written by John Marsden is set in a small Australian outback town, where Ellie, the narrator, and several of her friends are going on a camping trip into the hills, only to return only days later and discover their friends and family are being kept in captivity by a foreign invading army. The book is centered around Ellie and her friends, once everyday teenagers that had rarely ever had to make a tough choice, having to make life or death choices every single day.
A situation in where they only had one choice was when Lee, one of Ellie’s friends, was shot in the leg, and Ellie, Homer, and Robyn where in the middle of the town, with enemy soldiers only streets away. They reacted in the way the situation demanded, with hast and careful planning. “We sat there in silent agreement, three minds working on one topic: how to get Lee away from Barker Street despite his wounded leg.” this quote shows that there was no choice for the three of them, that no matter what they where going save their friend. This reflects on real life situations, because if any person was in the situation where the only way to save our friends life was at the risk of our own the only real choice for any human with a conscious is to do everything we can to save our friend.
In the movie “127 Hours” Directed by Danny Boyle, Aron Ralston, a canyoneer, becomes trapped by a boulder in the remote Blue John Canyon, and shows his struggle as he becomes dehydrated hungry, and his struggle for warmth, with only a small video camera to keep him company. When Aron (James Franco) make the decision to cut off his hand it comes as no surprise to the watcher, because we knew from the moment his hand was caught in that boulder his only choice was to do so.
We are shown that a close up of the knife in his arm, and him beginning the process of dismembering his hand, and that while he is cutting he is not showing the immense amount of pain he is in. This is because he has known subconciously all along that thing was his only option of getting out of that situation alive.
Aron’s situation is similar to Elle’s in “Tomorrow When The War Began” because they are both in a situation where they have to make life or death decisions, except in Aron’s case it was his own life he had to make decisions for, without the help of other people, and with his mental state rapidly deteriorating.
The watcher learns that if Aron had not made that decision to sacrifice his arm for his life, that he would not be around to share his story
In the text “The Fault in Our Stars” written By John Green
In the text “We All Looked Up” written by John Marsden