Overcoming Challenges In Crabbe By William Bell

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Register to read the introduction… Later on in the heroin’s journey, Crabbe and Mary find themselves at a hunt lodge. Crabbe does all that he is capable of to rescue Mary from a desperate situation, even though he “couldn’t be more scared” (125). Crabbe’s courageous endeavor proves that after Crabbe has faces the many challenges of nature, he does not hesitate to put himself second to others. Crabbe risks his life when Mary is in the face of danger, and he does it without reluctance. Crabbe would not have done in the beginning of his journey. Next, when Crabbe has finished his ordeal with nature, he sees his parents for the first time. They look sad, tired and disheveled and Crabbe says, “I wept for the guilt I had caused them to feel” (180). Crabbe’s emotional state symbolises his coming full circle in his ability to put others first. Before his journey begins, Crabbe has no sympathy for his parents. He thinks that they deserve the trauma of losing him. After his journey, he is able to understand how difficult this must have been for them. Crabbe would not have had this kind of empathy before his adventure. Pride and shame are without a doubt opposite emotions. Someone who is proud would believe they are living life the right way. However, someone with shame in their heart believes that they are living a life which should not be advertised; a life which is a disgrace. A person who is ashamed feel they should possess different qualities than they do. Crabbe feels shame before he experiences his grand journey, because he believes he is selfish. Yet, once Crabbe has accomplished the journey, complete with its many trials and tribulations, he shows examples of selflessness, and this proves that Crabbe has become a person he can finally be proud of. Additionally, Crabbe’s time in the wilderness teaches him to gain self-satisfaction from hard work. When Crabbe embarks on his journey, he reflects on his home life, by saying “I admit I’d never done a day’s …show more content…
Crabbe’s grudge towards his home life proves that Crabbe has yet to gain any type of satisfaction in from it. He needs the constant challenges of the wilderness to give him the aforementioned satisfaction. Later on, when Crabbe describes a peaceful afternoon with Mary, he states that his new “life meant a lot of hard work, but if things are important you get a feeling of satisfaction when you do them well” (95). Crabbe’s description illustrates that his days are filled with tasks, but he feels good about himself when he completed them. This is the feeling which is missing from Crabbe’s home life, but has been found in his life in the bush with Mary. The newfound satisfaction is proof of how nature has changed Crabbe. Finally, on Crabbe’s journey for fulfillment, he uses what he has learned in the wilderness, to keep him feeling satisfied in his return to civilization. Upon his arrival Crabbe gets a job because “the inactivity was starting to get to [him]” (190). This action shows that Crabbe is a changed man, because he simply cannot fall back in to old patterns of inactivity. He loves the feeling of accomplishing something during his days, and he acquired this trait from his experiences in nature. It is a common belief that if one is not working hard, they are not reaching their fullest potential. If one feels they are not reaching their potential, this person will certainly not be proud of what they are accomplishing. This belief is true to Crabbe’s story. He wallowed with Silent Sam but was never satisfied with his life. His adventure shows him how he can find this satisfaction, and it is through daily endeavors of strength, whether it mental or physical. Once Crabbe learned this, he was eager to amalgamate it to his life, permanently. His eagerness to find employment upon his return is proof that he takes pride in a full day’s

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