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 SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
DIRECTIONS:  Read the following article and be prepared to write and discuss your interpretation of survival in this situation.



BLUEJOHN MOUNTAIN ARTICLE   <CLICK HERE

Read "Cheating Death in Bluejohn Mountain."  When finished with the article, write a blog reflection under the comment section of this tab.  Reflect on the following questions:

a.  What could have prevented this situation from happening?
b.  Was he prepared in your opinion?  Why or Why not?
c.  In any way, would this real-life situation fall under the category of Naturalism?  Why or why not?- make reference to theme, conflict, and naturalistic writing philosophy.

d.  Finally- After you have finished reading the article, write one "BIG" question that you would like other students to reflect on in a Fishbowl.  What should we ponder and discuss?  Write your question in the comment section of the non-fiction article tab, as well....... title - "Big" question. 

35 comments:

  1. I think that by the guy climbing with a partner, or telling people were he went, he could have prevented it. No, he was not prepared. I don't think he was prepared because he packed barely any water, not much food, no jacket or change of clothes, and had no way to contact others. I know he wasn't expecting to spend, like, 4 days there, but still, best to be prepared. Yes, this is related to naturalism because it had the themes of determination, and survival. It also had a conflict of man vs, nature going on.
    "BIG" Question- Did the guy really see the future him with his son?

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    1. I think he should of took a cell-phone because if he did get stuck he might want to call 911. I don't think he was prepared he should of brought a bigger first aid kit and packed more water and food. Yes, this is because its man vs nature.
      BIG QUESTION. Why didn't he bring someone with him just in case or why didn't he call 911.

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  2. I don't think he was prepared at all. All he had was a first aid kit, and hardly and water, food, he didn't have a phone so he could contact people. It is better to be prepared then to not be prepared at all. It is related to naturalism because, it had survival and determination.

    "BIG" question- Was he scared when he was stuck?

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  3. If you actually told someone where he was going, this most likely wouldn't of happened! I believe that the guy should've carried more supplies with him. No one know whats going to happened in the future, so try to be prepared! Well if could fall under Naturalism, no one knows how natures gonna react! But he did budge the rock by standing on it! I personally believe everything happened for a reason. So in my opinion, I do believe it has to do with Naturalism.

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  4. I think that he could of prevented this accident if he was prepared. Like if he had more water and Food, also have a way to communicate to others. If he would of told people where he would be help would have came earlier. This relates to naturalism because it shows determination and survival.

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  5. He should have brought a friend with him so if he got in trouble he would have help.I don’t think that he was prepared because he didn’t bring a lot of stuff and he should have someone with him.He should have thought about what to do when he gets in trouble.It is a yes and no, because he shouldn’t have standed on the bolder.This could’ve been Naturalism because it started to roll and trapped him.

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  6. I believe he wasn't prepared and that he should have brought more equipment. He should have had more advanced gear and a possible friend. I believe that this situation would fall into the category of Naturalism because the environment was his issue. The environment caused him to be trapped.

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  7. I think he could've prevented this from happening if he would've told his mom or sister where he was at he could've gotten help a lot earlier. He also could've brought more supplies. Well for naturalism, you never know what is bound to happen!

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  8. I think Aron Ralston was prepared for a fun day climbing, not being stuck under a boulder. He could have brought a friend, or at least brought a cell phone or more food. At least he brought a first aid kit.
    The big question I want answered is, do you think he was prepared? If not, what do you think he should've done or brought with him?

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  9. I think that if he brought a cell phone or something because then he could have called for help or he should of brought a friend or friends that way they could have gotten help too. I believe that he wasn't very prepared because he didn't bring a lot of supplies. He should have packed more water, and food but he did a good job to bring a knife thing with him. I believe that this would fall under Naturalism because he needed to survive and that happened by chance. I think that the big question would have been, would you die there or cut off your arm?

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  10. He might of brought a friend with him. He also could of got extra aid equipment. He was prepared for basic aid but not cutting your arm off aid. He should of thought of other things to do as well. It was just Luck well bad luck if you will.

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  11. I think he was prepared for the situation. All it would really take was an iron will, some food/water, and a medi-kit. Having said that, he could have prevented this situation by having a climbing partner, or a satellite-phone. This story, by definition, is naturalism. A man is maneuvering vast canyons and crevices, and a boulder happens to roll onto his arm. There are very few actions that would have saved his arm. This just goes to show that the control we have over our surroundings is next-to-none.

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  12. One question that this article raises (and maybe it's just me) is would any other person, under the same circumstances, cut off their arm to survive, or woud they stay and die of exposure?

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  13. What is my interpretation?My interpretation is that this is a life or deaf situation.He had to make a choice and he did.There was no other way for him to get out with the equipment he had.He must be a very willing person to do that.This is an example that nature can do whatever it wants.

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  14. I think a question I would ask is, What would you do if this man was you, and you were stuck.

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  15. I think Aron was prepared for this situation in a way.All it would take is a will to live,food/water, and some kind of medical box.He could have stopped this from happening by having a really experienced climber that has been in a lot of bad situations before and has gotten out of it.This story is naturalism because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.The boulder rolled on his arm.Things could have saved it.One big question I have is why would you not climb with somebody?

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  16. I think that he was prepared, but not prepared. He was prepared because he had a first aid kit and supplies to hike. But he wasn't prepared because he didn't have a phone in case there was an emergency. And he should have told someone where he went also. He also should have had much more food and water. Then he wouldn't have been "starving." This story is naturalism because it was man vs. nature.
    BIG QUESTION; Why wouldn't you not climb with someone for better safety?

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  17. a. He could have told his parents about where he was going to.
    b. He was not prepared, because he brought with him a lot of not good equipment, which was not a smart idea at all, because he wasn't thinking of the risks.
    c. Yes it would, because if nature hadn't have put the rock there, then Aron wouldn't have had to cut off his own arm.
    d. Why did Aron not tell anybody that he was going to go mountain climbing.

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  18. I think that he could have prevented all this, by telling someone or having someone with him. I don't think he was very prepared because he didn't bring anybody or anything to get in contact with someone for help.

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  19. I think one way he could prevent this from happening is he should've told someone where was he going. That way if he needed help; he would've got some help. That person wasn't as prepare. He needed to me bigger tools and at least a phone because he would need it for emergency. I think this did have to do with naturalism. The conflict was Man Vs Himself(fight for survival).
    Big Question- Could he be mad at his family, Is that why he didn't tell his family or anyone?

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  20. I think that he could of told his parents where he was going.No,he wasn't prepared because he didn't have a phone just in case he needed it for an emergency.Yes,this is related to naturalism because it had determination and survival.
    Big Question:Why didn't he take someone along?

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  21. I think he could prevent the accident if he were prepared.In my opinion he was not prepared because he didn't bring extra clothing,food,or enough water.I also think he wasn't prepared because he really didn't have a phone or anyone.He probably knew this was going to happen or at least though of it.Yes I think this situation falls under naturalism because it shows determination and survival.

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  22. I think that he could of prevented his accident if he had told his family where he was going so they knew where he was or he could of at least had a cellphone with him to call somebody and tell them about the situation he was in. I think that he was not prepared at all because to me he sort of acted cocky because he only brought a little bit of food and water and a small first aid kit. It is related to naturalism because in the article it was man vs. nature.
    "BIG" question- Why did he not even think that some thing bad was going to happen?

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  23. He could've told someone like a family member where he was going to go and if he didn't come back in a certain amount of days to send help. He wasn't prepared, because he didn't pack enough water, and he din't pack any extra set of clothes and, he didn't pack enough food either. Yes, this relates to naturalism, because he was determined to fight for survival.
    Big Question: Why didn't he advise someone where he was before he left?

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  24. He could have most definitely done something to prevent this situation from happening. He could been a lot more prepared. He wasn't really prepared for anything like this to happen, so he might have been able to avoid it completely if he had just been more prepared. In my opinion, he was not at all prepared. He was not prepared because he left to go climb dangerous rocks without even telling anyone where he would be, packing enough food and water to last him quite a while, bringing some sort of communication device, and other important things. He was not at all prepared for something like what happened to occur. I believe that this real-life situation would most definitely fall under the category of Naturalism. It would fall under Naturalism because the themes for naturalistic writing, survival and determination, are the themes for the real-life situation. It would also fall under Naturalism because the conflict, "fight for survival", is also the same in all naturalistic writing as well as in the real-life situation. The last way it would fall under naturalism is that the same basic philosophy are present in both naturalistic writing and the real-life situation. It is about the outdoors/environment around us. It is also about chance. As you can see, there are many reasons why this real-life situation would fall under the category of Naturalism, including that they have similar themes, conflicts, and philosophies.

    Big Question: If it were you in this situation, how do you think you would have handled it? What would you have done?

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  25. He could've prevented this from happening. He could have told someone where he was going, or he could've taken a cell phone with him. In a situation like this, no one is really "prepared" per say, but he could've been a little more cautious. He could've trained on an easier place first. So that this didn't happen. Also, I think it does play into Naturalism, for instance, he is down in that crook for 127 hours, trapped, runs out of food and water, and is fighting for surivival, in a way it is "Man vs Nature" but it is also sort of "Man vs Himself."

    Big Question: In a situation like this, would you have done what he did, would you have accepted the fact you weren't going to make it, or would you have done something else? If so what?

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  26. I think the reason Aaron got stuck between the bolder and the wall was because that he didn't have a partner/friend with him. I he would have had a friend then they could have called 911 or try to get them out. When I read the article, I don't think that he was prepared enough. He should have brought more water in case of an emergency. I would call this a Naturalist adventure because he is dealing with the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is apart of Earth's physical features. It's also on of the dangerous ones!

    Big Question: What are some ways that Aaron could have gotten out from between the rock other than cutting his arm off?

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  27. 1.For the most part I think he was prepared he wasn't planning on staying out in the mountains trapped under a rock for 5 and a half days.The only thing he didn't grab was his Swiss army knife so he could of cut his arm of faster.He could of told someone to prevent it but in the movie 127 hours he now tells people where he goes at all times.I don't think there was a way to save his arm anyway it was pinned against a 800 pound rock it was pretty much dead no circulation.That just shoes you how dangerous the earths features can be.

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  28. He could have prevented this from happening if he didn't go that day. I think he was prepared. He had his tool which he used to free himself and a first aid kit which helped him when he cut his arm off.

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  29. He could of told someone where he was going and what he was doing. He could be a lot more prepared. I don't think that he could do anything else to get his arm out. He tired and tried. He should of brought more stuff with him and a emergency phone would work too. I think that partners would work well. They would be able to help each other.

    "BIG" Question- What did the guy really see the future him with his son?

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  30. I don't think he was prepared. He should of brought more food and water. I think he should of brought a cell phone or friend along with him. You never know what can happen when you are climbing and you should always be prepared such as injuries, weather, and animals.

    BIG Question-Was there other possible ways he could of got free instead of cutting off his hand?

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    1. He could have cut off his entire arm...

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  31. I think that he was prepared because how could he have known that something as tragic as what happened could have happened. situations like these don't happen often. No I don't think you could have prevented this to happen as I said before these situations don't happen often. Yes, I believe that this situation is under the category Naturalism because he had to face the force of nature. And I was wondering, If the helicopter could have seen him would there have been a necessity to cut his hand???

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  32. This situation wouldn't have happened if he stayed focused all the time, was always clam,took his time very slowly,and being able to concentrate along his way. In my opinion I think that he was well prepared because he had his aid kit,food,and other materials/supplies. I think that this real life situation does for in the category because he fights for survival. Here is the big question I was wondering,If you were shocked,scared,and nervous when you got your hand stuck or what were your feelings,and thoughts during the situation.

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  33. If he stayed focus he would have known that rock wasn't safe. I think he could have been a little more prepared but it wasn't his fault he thought he was going to be out for a couple hours not days.He fights for his life an this is an example of man vs Nature and Man vs. Himself because he had to survive with little stuff and against himself because he had to drink his own pee. I want to know how you could cut your arm off and deal with the pain. I also want to know how you didn't die from blood loss when you were halfway or almost done.

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