This Is Why You Should Just Pee Right On the Trail
In the story "The girl who loved Tom Gordon" it works with the theme man vs. nature. It demonstrates the unimportance of a single human life, while at the same time shows the limits of a person’s strength and motivation to exist. Trisha’s experience shows her struggle against the strength of nature and her potential to live pleasantly with nature by her will to keep on moving forward, using what she had around her, going delusional, and the wasp god/ beast following her.
Trisha wasn’t sure if moving every day was a good and bad thing. The bad part about her moving was the fact that if she hadn’t moved on the first day and just stayed in the area she might have been found and rescued by the search group that was sent out a while later. The good thing about Trisha staying on the move was that is kept the beast at a fair amount of distance away from her. She couldn’t just sit and wait to be found, she had to go off and try and find civilization herself because for all she knew, no one would ever find her.
Trisha had used her surroundings exceptionally well. After she ran out of food from her lunch she had to find another source of food. She was able to find certain leaves, nuts, and berries that are edible. As another source of food, she had done some fishing, because she got really hungry. She swore to never talk about it with anyone once she was out of the woods because she was so disgusted by it. She would use the streams and rivers she was near as her drinking and cleaning water, even though the water got her really sick. She was also able to use her surroundings to make small shelters as she traveled. Trisha used twigs and branches to either put on top of her as she slept or made a fort out of it. This was to try and keep her partially warm, block off the wind and rain, and to keep animals out. She also used her rain poncho as a blanket to try and keep herself warm on cold nights.
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Cited: King, Stephen. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Pocket Books: New York, 1999.
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