Lost In Shangri La Essay

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“Survival, Lost in Shangri-La” A tale of 24 enlisted officers in the army marks the story of true survival and perseverance. The army of the United States has an influence on individuals who want to enlist. Tough training and endurance is what it takes to become an enlistee of the army. These groups of people are the bravest and talented of them all; fighting for our country and of those who can’t fight for themselves. Being stranded in one of the most dangerous places in the world is the last thing the army wants to do. Fighting for our country is the first image that crosses their minds. Death, injury, hunger, dehydration becomes a lifestyle while fighting in the midst of war. Overcoming these fears is what drives the minds of those. 24 of those wandering soldiers prepare as they are lost in a remote jungle; Shangri-La. A jungle in World War 2 is a dangerous place by itself. Adding to that dangerousness is: enemies, bombs, dangerous insects, weapons of war, diseases, and much more. Overwhelming thoughts of death and injuries drives them on to achieve one of the best feelings of all; victory. Fighting and surviving in harsh conditions of Shangri-La can cause emotional and physical attacks. “I couldn’t keep the tears back any longer. They spilled out of their own volition and poured down my one blistered cheek and my one good cheek (254).” Witnessing a death of a friend on the battlefield can also create this feeling which happens plenty of times during this novel. “Your consolation for his loss may be that he died in the service for our country in a just cause which, with Victory, will give freedom from oppression to all peoples (307).” As the plane crashed in Shangri-La trauma struck over all of the army men and fear trickled through the tears of their eyes. They were lost. Survival is a key task when stranded anywhere. Army men train in a case for

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