Sometimes in life, it’s good to take risks and face your fears.
In the short story “The Hiking Trip”, the main protagonist Jeff is
faced with a dilemma to either cower with discontent or be a hero and
save his brother’s life. Since Jeff is young and ignorant, he is
challenged with an internal conflict that eventually drives him
forward with the words of his father as fuel, and the external
conflict of the ragged environment that he struggles to navigate
Jeff is incredibly scared of the situation he was
faced with; his brother was hurt by a snake bite, his father was old
and slow, and the seemingly lovely hiking trip turned into a complete
nightmare. Jeff complained to his father as they were making their
way through the dangerously ragged canyon, whining behind him, “I’m
scared! I don’t even want to have courage!” (Par 3). He says this
because his father is attempting to urge him forward by telling him,
“…have enough love for your brother to think this through!” (Par 4).
With these inspiring and pressing words, Jeff manages to oppress his
fears and get ahead of his father, and he finally ignores the problem
with the canyon beating him down.
As Jeff is pumping with adrenaline, he gets further
and further ahead of his lagging father, and, soon enough, he finds
his father’s car parked where he was told it’d be. Because Jeff is
now excited and proud, he runs to the road, using all his energy, and
attempts to find someone to hitch-hike off of. Fortunately for Jeff,
a tow truck lets him in, and gives him a ride to get help in a town
called Flint. Although he seemed to be pumped with energy, the second
Jeff had a chance to relax in the seat of the truck, he faints from
exhaustion. Jeff woke up in a Flint hotel with his father, and the...
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