Survival and Technological Triumph in 'The Martian'

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The distance between Earth and Mars is two-hundred and twenty-five kilometers every two years. The story takes place with Mark Watney alone on mars, after being abandoned by his crew during a storm. “The Martian” shows the enduring theme of man’s survival, yet also emphasizes the advancement of our technology to do this and celebrates the global nature of our civilization. Throughout this book, the theme of man’s survival is shown in many ways. To begin with, it’s the fact that Watney doesn’t give up. He could easily walk outside without a suit and that would be the end of it. He wouldn’t have to fight for his survival and constantly be worrying about his death. Another option could be just staying inside until he’s faced with passing. …show more content…

But the fact that Watney survived, shows that he had a strong mental state; to be able to live on Mars for days without human contact, constantly mal-nourished, and not knowing his fate. “Remember those old math questions you had in algebra class? Where water is entering a container at a certain rate and leaving at a different rate and you need to figure out when it’ll be empty? Well, that concept is critical to the “Mark Watney doesn’t die project” (Weir Page.35) Evidence from the book that shows Watney’s willingness to survive. When growing up, individuals don’t plan on applying what they learned in math class, to real life. But Mark Watney had to. He grasped every little piece of knowledge he had and applied it to the problems he faced. He didn’t let the thought of being powerless on a foreign planet, get the best of him. Although he was powerless, he did have the newest technology on his side. Mars the big red planet, unfortunately, isn’t like earth in the slightest. It’s covered in sand, no source of water or gravity. Humans wouldn’t be able to survive in that atmosphere if it wasn’t with the help of the forever advancing technology. Technology has advanced

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